Practical issues in ground testing of pulsed detonation engines

Philip Panicker, Frank K. Lu, Donald R. Wilson

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Abstract

Pulsed detonation engines can potentially revolutionize aerospace propulsion and they are the subject of intense study. However, most of the studies involve single shot and very short duration test runs. Some of the practical issues in developing PDEs are discussed from the viewpoint of developing groundbased demonstrators. This represents only the beginning of a roadmap toward the successful development of flightweight engines. Viable solutions are offered that may help overcome the difficulties posed by the high temperature and pressures on the test rig and instrumentation. Commercial solenoid valves and electronic fuel injectors are presented as means to achieving higher operational frequencies. Issues concerning data acquisition, such as proper implementing procedures for pressure transducers and choosing the appropriate sampling rates are discussed. Methods for mitigating electromagnetic interference are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnergy Systems
Subtitle of host publicationAnalysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pages801-810
Number of pages10
Volume6
ISBN (Electronic)0791843009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2007
EventASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Nov 11 2007Nov 15 2007

Other

OtherASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period11/11/0711/15/07

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Panicker, P., Lu, F. K., & Wilson, D. R. (2007). Practical issues in ground testing of pulsed detonation engines. In Energy Systems: Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability (Vol. 6, pp. 801-810). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE200744068