Computational investigation of high pressure combustion mechanism in scram accelerator

Bok Jik Lee, Jeong Yeol Choi, In Seuck Jeung, Youngbin Yoon

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A computational study was carried out to model the high-pressure combustion mechanism in scram accelerator. Fluid dynamic modeling was based on RANS equations for reactive flows and it was solved in a fully coupled manner using fully implicit-upwind TVD scheme. For the accurate simulation of high-pressure combustion in ram accelerator, 9-species, 25-step fully detailed reaction mechanism was incorporated with the existing CFD code previously used in the ram accelerator studies. The mechanism is based on GRI-Mech. 2.11 which includes pressure-dependent rate formulation indispensable for the correct prediction of induction time in high-pressure environment. A real gas equation of state was also included to account for molecular interactions and real gas effects of high-pressure gases. The present combustion modeling is compared with previous ones using 8-step or 19-step mechanisms and ideal gas assumption. The result shows that mixture ignition characteristics are very sensitive to the combustion mechanisms, and the different mechanisms result in completely different reactive flow-field characteristics that have a significant relevance to the operation mode and the performance of scram accelerator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Event35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1999 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jun 20 1999Jun 24 1999


Other35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering


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