Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Paul I. King, PhD.
The high MWatt power available in a fuel-fed detonation wave, which contains combustion ions in the trailing gas, provides an opportunity for external power extraction via electromagnetically forced charged particle drift. Sets of experiments were accomplished using a pulsed detonation tube, extracting power across a load resistor in an electrical circuit with an applied electric or magnetic field to determine what magnitude of gas conductivity and power extraction could be attained from an unseeded or seeded pulsed detonation driven combustion. Due to the low magnetic field strength, even with flow seeding, the power extracted in this research was not enough for practical use. However, theoretical calculations with higher magnetic field strength and greater gas conductivity than was found in this research show promise for continued research. Future work would entail use of a stronger magnetic field to increase power extraction.
DTIC Accession Number
Teope, Kaz I., "Experimental Magnetohydrodynamic Energy Extraction from a Pulsed Detonation" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 184.