Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 29, Number 3, March 2005
|Page(s)||253 - 258|
|Section||Physics of Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage|
|Published online||21 December 2004|
One-dimensional modeling of ram accelerator at high acceleration rates in the subdetonative velocity regime
Laboratoire de Combustion et de Détonique (UPR 9028),
ENSMA, BP 109,
86961 Futuroscope Cedex, France
2 University of Washington, AERP, Box 352250, Seattle, WA 98195-2250, USA
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 10 June 2004
Accepted: 24 September 2004
Published online: 21 December 2004
The predicted acceleration performance of the ram accelerator at elevated pressures, based on the quasi-steady model, is much greater than that observed in experiments. This discrepancy is attributed to the increase of mass of the propellant accumulating in the control volume, such that it approaches the mass of the projectile itself. A revision of the conservation equations to account for unsteady flow effects was conducted. The corresponding predicted thrust as a function of Mach number is significantly less than that derived from the quasi-steady model. By using a virial-type equation of state for the combustion products, a better agreement with experimental data was obtained using this unsteady modeling approach.
PACS: 82.40.Fp – Shock wave initiated reactions, high-pressure chemistry
© EDP Sciences, 2005
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