Practical issues in ground testing of pulsed detonation engines

Philip K. Panicker, Frank K. Lu, Donald R. Wilson

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Abstract

Pulsed detonation engines can potentially revolutionize aero-space propulsion and they are the subject of intense study. However, most of the studies involve single shot and very short duration test runs. Some of the practical issues in developing PDEs are discussed from the viewpoint of developing ground-based demonstrators. This represents only the beginning of a roadmap toward the successful development of flightweight engines. Viable solutions are offered that may help overcome the difficulties posed by the high temperature and pressures on the test rig and instrumentation. Commercial solenoid valves and electronic fuel injectors are presented as means to achieving higher operational frequencies. Issues concerning data acquisition, such as proper implementing procedures for pressure transducers and choosing the appropriate sampling rates are discussed. Methods for mitigating electromagnetic interference are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007
Pages801-810
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Nov 11 2007Nov 15 2007

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings
Volume6

Other

OtherASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period11/11/0711/15/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Panicker, P. K., Lu, F. K., & Wilson, D. R. (2008). Practical issues in ground testing of pulsed detonation engines. In Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2007 (pp. 801-810). (ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings; Vol. 6). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2007-44068