Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Frederick Schauer, PhD
This research assessed the performance of commercial microturbine turbojets and was the first industry-wide investigation into this class of engine by AFRL's SERL. Four commercial engines of the same thrust class were evaluated for overall and component-level performance. In addition to providing an evaluation of existing systems, the maximum performance for a commercial turbojet was predicted based on component evaluations. This analysis indicated that a commercial turbojet could have comparable thrust performance to a similarly sized military-grade engine, but it is unlikely that commercial engines can achieve the SFC of military engines without upgrading the compressors found in commercial microturbines.
DTIC Accession Number
DePaola, Richard A. III, "Microturbine Turbojets: Experimental Evaluation of Commercially Available Engines" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 3891.