Design, fabrication, and test of a microelectromechanical-system-based millinewton-level hydrazine thruster

Yuan Tony, Li Awankana, Huang Berlin, Chen Yu-Ta, Chen Cetera, C. Segal

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Abstract

The effects of both water and carbon dioxide vitiation on dual-mode scramjet (DMSJ) mode transition were investigated. The duct height and width were 1 and 1.5 in., respectively, and the isolator was 10 in. long, with an additional 0.5 in. prior to the leading edge of the ramp fuel injector. Three pressure distributions were measured while combusting for clean air, air vitiated with 9% H2O, and air vitiated with both 9% H2O and 4% CO2, where all percentages are by mole. Downstream of the fuel injector was a series of reflected shocks and expansion fans that were generated by the ramp fuel injector. There was no combustion induced pressure rise upstream of the ramp fuel injector leading edge. The shock train also became shorter as the flow was increasingly vitiated. The DMSJ operated in the ram mode for the clean air case, the scram mode with an oblique precombustion shock train for the 9% H2O case and in the scram mode with no precombustion shock train for the 9% H2O and 4% CO2 case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-512
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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