Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Rodney D.W. Bowersox, PhD
Jeffery K. Little, PhD
In pursuit of a more efficient and effective fuel-air mixing for a SCRAMjet combustor, this study investigated relative near field effects of molecular weight on mixing and penetration of different gaseous injection into a supersonic (M=2.9) cross flow. Helium and argon gas were chosen as injectants because of the large differences in molecular weights. Also, mixing enhancement was observed by injecting the traverse gas jet parallel to the compression face of a ramp. Color schlieren photography was used to identify the shock structures and interactions in the flow field. Measurements of mean flow properties were used to establish the jet plume size, penetration, and concentration and to quantify the total pressure loss. Results indicate greater mixing and plume expansion can be achieved with helium compared to argon.
DTIC Accession Number
Giese, Troy A., "Experimental Investigation of the Influence of Molecular Weight on Mixing and Penetration in Supersonic Dissimilar Gaseous Injection into a Supersonic Cross-Flow" (1997). Theses and Dissertations. 5638.