Detotion Turbulence Flow Control for Rocket Propulsion - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Detonation is a high energetic mode of pressure gain combustion. Detonation combustion exploits the pressure rise to augment high flow momentum and thermodynamic cycle efficiencies for high thrust propulsion. The driving mechanism of deflagrated flame acceleration to detonation is turbulence generation and induction. http://mae.ucf.edu/PERL/

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/10/2022 - End Date: 4/27/2022

Students Needed

Type of Project

Individual

Student Responsibilities

The investigation will explore physics-based flow control strategies to enhance flame acceleration to detonation. In order to assess the quantitative importance of the flow mechanisms on the flame-fluidic interaction and instability of a jet in crossflow, the jet conditions must be independently controlled. Three strategies are proposed to achieve this: jet boundary layer tailoring, fluidic actuation (upstream suction or injection), and jet excitation. These strategies will allow active control of the interaction shear layer. A partial test section modification with additional capability will accommodate these concepts. The modification will allow for a more complete analysis of the flame interaction. The turbulent flame-flow interactions are experimentally studied using a LEGO Detonation facility. Advanced high-speed laser diagnostics, particle image velocimetry (PIV), planar laser induced florescence (PLIF), and Schlieren imaging are used in analyzing the physics of the interaction and flame acceleration.

Time Commitment

10-20 hours hour(s)

Student Requirements

The investigation will explore physics-based flow control strategies to enhance flame acceleration to detonation. In order to assess the quantitative importance of the flow mechanisms on the flame-fluidic interaction and instability of a jet in crossflow, the jet conditions must be independently controlled. Three strategies are proposed to achieve this: jet boundary layer tailoring, fluidic actuation (upstream suction or injection), and jet excitation. These strategies will allow active control of the interaction shear layer. A partial test section modification with additional capability will accommodate these concepts. The modification will allow for a more complete analysis of the flame interaction. The turbulent flame-flow interactions are experimentally studied using a LEGO Detonation facility. Advanced high-speed laser diagnostics, particle image velocimetry (PIV), planar laser induced florescence (PLIF), and Schlieren imaging are used in analyzing the physics of the interaction and flame acceleration.

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only
Honors Undergraduate Thesis
Independent Research Credit (4912)
McNair Scholars
Research and Mentoring Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Additional Notes

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 10-02-2019
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes