Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Marc D. Polanka, PhD.
Ultra Compact Combustors offer unique solutions to minimize engine size and weight. They accomplish this by reducing the number of components in the engine core and perform the combustion in a circumferential cavity that encircles the core flow. Within this cavity, the fuel is injected rich. Burning continues to occur in the vane passage beneath the circumferential cavity which must be completed in a controlled manner prior to the inlet plane of the turbine rotor. Furthermore, the temperature distribution at the exit of the vane passage must be controlled to generate high work extraction from the turbine. The primary metrics for comparison are the exit temperature and pressure profiles, the emissions characteristics, and the overall system losses.
DTIC Accession Number
Damele, Christopher J., "Operational Characteristics of an Ultra Compact Combustor" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 740.