Numerical studies on specific impulse of partially filled pulse detonation rocket engines

Shigeru Sato, Akiko Matsuo, Takuma Endo, Jiro Kasahara

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Performance analyses of pulse detonation rocket engines (PDREs) were numerically studied, focusing on partialfill effects at ground tests. The initial detonable mixture, inert gas, fuel-fill fraction, equivalence ratio, and initial temperature of inert gas were changed as governing parameters. The simulation results were compared against those of previous studies and agreed well with them. The simulation results indicated that the initial mass fraction of the detonable mixture to total mass of the gas was the predominant factor for the specific impulse of partially filled PDREs. Based on the numerical results, a new, simple empirical formula is proposed to predict the specific impulse of partially filled PDREs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-69
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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