Abstract

A typical Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE) cycle of operation includes three basic processes: initiation and propagation of detonation wave in the Detonation Chamber (DC); a quasi-steady exhaust of detonation products from the DC at varying pressure through the supersonic nozzle; and a steady exhaust of remained detonation products at constant pressure through the nozzle while filling the DC with fresh air. In the present work, a novel method of Turbo-charging is proposed to increase the inlet pressure/density of fresh air fed into the DC in each cycle so as to increase the thrust developed per unit area of DC. The thermodynamic cycle of operation of Turbocharged Pulse Detonation Engine (TPDE) is analyzed based on quasi-steady state one dimensional formulation, and a computer code is developed in MATLAB to simulate the cycle performance at different compressor pressure ratios. Thrust per unit area of DC, the specific thrust and the fuel-based specific impulse are estimated at various flight conditions at different pressure ratios by considering C2H4/air as the fuel-oxidizer. The net thrust developed per unit area of DC increases with an increase in compressor pressure ratio, up to the pressure ratio of 4.0, at all flight conditions. The compressor pressure ratio of about 2.0 is observed to be optimum pressure ratio as TPDE develops nearly the same air-based specific thrust at this pressure ratio irrespective of flight operating conditions.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.