Combustion Processes in Propulsion

1st Edition

Control, Noise, and Pulse Detonation

Print ISBN: 9781493300709
eBook ISBN: 9780080529400
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 11th October 2005
Page Count: 480
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Chemical propulsion comprises the science and technology of using chemical reactions of any kind to create thrust and thereby propel a vehicle or object to a desired acceleration and speed. This book focuses on recent advances in the design of very highly efficient, low-pollution-emitting propulsion systems, as well as advances in testing, diagnostics and analysis. It offers unique coverage of Pulse Detonation Engines, which add tremendous power to jet thrust by combining high pressure with ignition of the air/fuel mixture. Readers will learn about the advances in the reduction of jet noise and toxic fuel emissions—something that is being heavily regulated by relevant government agencies.

Key Features

  • Lead editor is one of the world's foremost combustion researchers, with contributions from some of the world's leading researchers in combustion engineering
  • Covers all major areas of chemical propulsion-from combustion measurement, analysis and simulation, to advanced control of combustion processes, to noise and emission control
  • Includes important information on advanced technologies for reducing jet engine noise and hazardous fuel combustion emissions


Professional engineers in mechanical, aerospace, and chemical engineering, particularly those involved with combustion engineering. Manufacturing engineers in the aeronautical and defense industries. Students in mechanical, aerospace, materials and chemical engineering.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:Simultaneous Velocity and Temperature Field Measurements of a Jet Flame L. Lourenco and E. Koc-Alkislar 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Test Arrangement and Results 1.3 Concluding Remarks Acknowledgments

Chapter 2: Infrared Absorption Tomography for Active Combustion Control F. C. Gouldin and J. L. Edwards 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Absorption Tomography 2.3 Infrared Absorption and Flow Facility 2.4 Proper Orthogonal Decomposition 2.5 Results 2.6 Concluding Remarks References

Chapter 3: Deterministic and Probabilistic Approaches for Prediction of Two-Phase Turbulent Flow in Liquid-Fuel Combustors G. B. Jacobs, R.V.R. Pandya, B. Shotorban, Z. Gao, and F. Mashayek 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Direct Numerical Simulation of Countercurrent Shear Flow 3.3 Probability Density Function Modeling 3.4 Concluding Remarks Acknowledgments References

Chapter 4: Large-Scale Simulations of Turbulent Combustion and Propulsion Systems A. Afshari and F. A. Jaberi 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Theoretical/Computational Approach 4.3 Results and Discussion Acknowledgments References

Chapter 5: Direct Simulation of Primary Atomization D. P. Schmidt 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Past Work 5.3 Objectives 5.4 Methodology 5.5 Tasks Acknowledgments References

Chapter 6: Extinction and Relight in Opposed Premixed Flames <BR id="CR


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“This collection represents the current state-of-the-art in combustion research for air-breathing chemical propulsion. Nearly an equal mix of computational and experimental results are presented from the major players in Pulse Detonation Engines research, providing the reader with a thorough overview of the contemporary technical issues remaining to be resolved in this promising hypersonic air-breathing propulsion technology.” — W.L. Roberts and T. D. Scharton, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, NC, USA