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Fundamentals of Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE)
and Related Propulsion Technology
Aerospace Engineering Consulting
Arlington...
Pure PDE Cycle
1: Fuel-Oxidizer
Injected and
Mixed
2: Detonation
Initiated by
ignition source
3: Detonation
wave moves
thr...
Why PDEs?
Advantages
•  Increased Thermodynamic
Efficiency
•  Higher Isp
•  Reduced SFC
•  Design Simplicity
•  Increased ...
Why PDEs?
4
Is it possible to augment gas turbine performance with PDEs
to extend supersonic flight regime?
Why PDEs?
5
Is a PDE/SCRAM/PDRE a viable
propulsion system for Spaceplanes?
03-06
PDRE = Pulse Detonation Rocket Engine
SC...
Preface
•  Revolutionary propulsion is required to achieve high-speed cruise
capability within atmosphere, and for low cos...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Nomenclature and Terminology
•  A list of common terms and basic definitions is...
Nomenclature and Terminology
8
See Appendix 1
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Introduction to PDEs
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• Propulsion Comparison
• A Vision for the Future
• Limi...
Propulsion Comparison
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Seeking Revolutionary Propulsion Ideas
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Highest Supersonic Speed: M = 3.2
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SR-71
Turbofan engines in high performance...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
A Vision for the Future
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q Reduced SFC
q Higher Thermodynamic Efficiency
q...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Turbine Engine Limits
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Efficiency
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Turbofan with Afterburner
• Efficient with continuous afterburner at ~ Mach 3.
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Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
P&W F-100-
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Performance
Maximum thrust:
17,800 lbf (79.1 kN) military thrust
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Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Ideal Thermodynamic Cycle
Brayton cycle: heat addition
at constant pressure
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...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Burner Exit Temperature T4
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• Increasing T4 enlarges useful work output (isob...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Higher T4, Lower Efficiency
18
• However, isentropic exponent is not constant b...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Heat Addition and Pressure
Can we improve thermodynamic cycle
efficiency with a...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Ideal Thermodynamic Cycle
Humphrey cycle: heat
addition at constant volume
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1...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE)
21
Ideal PDE thermodynamic efficiency higher than...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Propulsion Performance
PDEs projected (H2
fuel in air)
PDEs projected (HC
fuel ...
Combustion Modes
Deflagration
Subsonic
Combustion
Detonation
Supersonic
Combustion
Unsteady
Pulsed or
Intermittent
Steady ...
Combustion Modes: Detonation and Deflagration
•  Deflagrations are subsonic
combustion waves: M1< 1
•  Typical deflagratio...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Deflagration and Detonation
Flame propagates from right
25
• Combustion or burn...
Detonation vs Deflagration: Qualitative Differences
•  Qualitative differences between upstream and
downstream properties ...
Wave Properties
•  Normal shock property ratios are qualitatively similar to those of
detonations and of same magnitude
– ...
Detonation for PropulsionDetonationwave(DW)
propagationtocreatethrust
28
Oblique Detonation Wave Engine (ODWE)
• Combustib...
Pure PDE Cycle
1: Fuel-Oxidizer
Injected and
Mixed
2: High
pressure
detonation
Initiated
3: Detonation
wave moves
through ...
Detonation Initiation
•  A detonation may form via direct initiation or via deflagration-to-
detonation transition (DDT).
...
PDE Requirements
Ø  Ignition and mixing must occur quickly to minimize cycle
time and maximize thrust.
Ø  DDT must occur...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
PDE Cycle (Basic Cycle Process)
32
1.  Initially, chamber at ambient
conditions...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Rankine-Hugoniot Combustion Map
Conservation equations for mass, momentum,
and ...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
Chapman-Jouguet C-J Condition
•  Solution to conservation equations is determin...
C-J Velocity
•  Chapman-Jouguet (C-J) condition: for an infinitesimal thin detonation,
detonation wave proceeds at a veloc...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
PDE Thermodynamic Cycle (Heiser & Pratt, 2002
36
• Process 3 è 4 models normal...
Summary of Chapter 1
•  Revolutionary propulsion is required to achieve high-speed cruise
capability within atmosphere, an...
Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak
J58
R-R/Snecma
Olympus 593
P&W F100
GE F110
P&W F119
GE F414
P&W
F100-232
Next
...
Detonation
•  Detonation is a shock wave sustained by energy released by
combustion
•  Combustion process, in turn, is ini...
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  1. 1. Fundamentals of Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE) and Related Propulsion Technology Aerospace Engineering Consulting Arlington, TX Dora Musielak, Ph.D. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted, unless for course participation, in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the Author. Contact D. Musielak, dmusielak@uta.edu
  2. 2. Pure PDE Cycle 1: Fuel-Oxidizer Injected and Mixed 2: Detonation Initiated by ignition source 3: Detonation wave moves through gas mixture 4: High pressure gas fills detonation chamber 5: Detonation wave exits chamber and air is drawn in by reduced pressure Thrust is directly proportional to detonation frequency FILL DETONATE EXHAUST Repeat Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE) : type of propulsion system that utilizes detonation waves to combust fuel and oxidizer mixture. Engine is pulsed because mixture must be renewed from combustion chamber between each detonation wave initiated .
  3. 3. Why PDEs? Advantages •  Increased Thermodynamic Efficiency •  Higher Isp •  Reduced SFC •  Design Simplicity •  Increased Thrust-to-Weight Ratio •  Increased Thrust-to-Volume Ratio •  Lower Cost •  Mach Range 0 – 4 •  Easy Vehicle Integration Applications •  Cruise Missiles •  Supersonic Aircraft •  Hypersonic Missiles •  Hybrid Turbine-PDE •  UAV •  UCAV •  SSTO Launch Vehicles •  Precision Guided Munitions •  Drones 3 PDEs potential for easier scaling extrapolates to substantial reductions in development time, when compared to conventional turbine engines. Increased cycle efficiency results from quasi-constant volume process
  4. 4. Why PDEs? 4 Is it possible to augment gas turbine performance with PDEs to extend supersonic flight regime?
  5. 5. Why PDEs? 5 Is a PDE/SCRAM/PDRE a viable propulsion system for Spaceplanes? 03-06 PDRE = Pulse Detonation Rocket Engine SCRAM = Scramjet è supersonic combustion ramjet engine for M > 5
  6. 6. Preface •  Revolutionary propulsion is required to achieve high-speed cruise capability within atmosphere, and for low cost reliable Earth-to-orbit vehicles. •  Pulse detonation engines (PDEs) have potential performance advantages over air breathing and rocket propulsion, bypassing limitations of existing concepts. •  Proposed applications for detonation combustion include –  cruise missiles, UAV, ... –  supersonic aircraft, and –  SSTO launchers. •  This course highlights fundamentals of pulse detonation engines and other related propulsion concepts, addressing performance characteristics, enabling technologies, and current R&D initiatives to develop new propulsion systems. 6
  7. 7. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Nomenclature and Terminology •  A list of common terms and basic definitions is provided in a separate handout to facilitate communicating the concepts introduced in the course. •  In 2002, Kaemming, Lidstone, and Sammann proposed a component nomenclature, station (spatial) designation, process and event (temporal) designation and terminology for the unique PDE scheduling characteristics. Ref. AIAA 2002-3631. •  Nomenclature proposal is based on several years of PDE analysis and testing by Boeing and Pratt & Whitney and is based on accepted practices, such as SAE Standard AS7551. •  To date, no standard has been formally issued for PDEs, and so we will follow the recommendations in AIAA paper 2002-3631 7
  8. 8. Nomenclature and Terminology 8 See Appendix 1
  9. 9. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Introduction to PDEs 9 • Propulsion Comparison • A Vision for the Future • Limits of Turbo-Engines • Ideal Cycles • Combustion Modes • Pure Pulse Detonation Engine • Detonation for Propulsion • Modeling a Single Cycle • PDE Thermodynamic Cycle
  10. 10. Propulsion Comparison fo sp mg F I ! = Need improved SFC performance Seeking Revolutionary Propulsion Ideas 10 F m SFC f ! =
  11. 11. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Highest Supersonic Speed: M = 3.2 11 SR-71 Turbofan engines in high performance aircraft such as F-15 “Eagle” fighter can achieve Mach 2.5 F-16 “Fighting Falcon” jet fighter and F-22 “Raptor” are limited to Mach 2.
  12. 12. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak A Vision for the Future 12 q Reduced SFC q Higher Thermodynamic Efficiency q Higher Isp q Design Simplicity q Increased Thrust-to-Weight Ratio q Increased Thrust-to-Volume Ratio q Lower Cost q Mach range 0 – 10 q Manufacturing Simplicity q Easy Vehicle Integration Air Breathing Propulsion Requirements Develop air-breathing engine capable of propelling aircraft beyond Mach 2.5.
  13. 13. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Turbine Engine Limits 13 )1( 1 2 4 − − = o t o T T am F γ! Inlet Efficiency Rotational speed Compressor exit temperature limits pressure ratio Static pressure balance P&W F100 AB Turbofan • At Mach > 3, compressed air reaches such extreme temperatures that compressor stage fan blades begin to fail. • Compressor exit temperature limits pressure ratio. • Turbine inlet temperature limits thrust.
  14. 14. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Turbofan with Afterburner • Efficient with continuous afterburner at ~ Mach 3. • Afterburner provides temporary increase in thrust, for supersonic flight and take off • Slower bypass airflow produces thrust more efficiently than high-speed air from core, reducing specific fuel consumption. 14
  15. 15. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak P&W F-100- 15 Performance Maximum thrust: 17,800 lbf (79.1 kN) military thrust 29,160 lbf (129.6 kN) with afterburner Overall pressure ratio: 32:1 Specific fuel consumption: Military thrust: 0.76 lb/(lbf·h) (77.5 kg/(kN·h)) Full afterburner: 1.94 lb/(lbf·h) (197.8 kg/ (kN·h)) Thrust-to-weight ratio: 7.8:1 (76.0 N/kg) F-16
  16. 16. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Ideal Thermodynamic Cycle Brayton cycle: heat addition at constant pressure 16 in out th Q Wnet ! ! =η inQ! = rate of thermal energy released = net power out of engineoutWnet ! = thermal efficiency of enginethη )( 34 TTcmQ pin −= !! )]([ 2354 TTTTcmWWWnet pctout −−−=−= !!!! 3 2 34 25 34 2354 1 )( )( 1 )( )()( T T TT TT TT TTTT B −= − − −= − −−− =η γγ η /)1( 23 )/( 1 1 − −= pp B
  17. 17. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Burner Exit Temperature T4 17 • Increasing T4 enlarges useful work output (isobars diverge ) • However, distance between stations 3 and 4 increases also è more heat has to be added and thus more fuel is needed. • Thermal efficiency is only dependant on compressor pressure ratio P3/P2 and does not change with T4
  18. 18. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Higher T4, Lower Efficiency 18 • However, isentropic exponent is not constant but decreases when temperature increases è thermodynamic efficiency decreases with T4!
  19. 19. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Heat Addition and Pressure Can we improve thermodynamic cycle efficiency with a pressure-gain process? 4 19
  20. 20. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Ideal Thermodynamic Cycle Humphrey cycle: heat addition at constant volume 20 1 1 1 3 4 3 4 3 2 1 − −⎟⎟ ⎠ ⎞ ⎜⎜ ⎝ ⎛ −= T T T T T T H γ γη Constant volume heat addition inQ! 52 43 3* Thermal efficiency improves by more than 15% and as much as 10 to 40% improvement in Isp (Ref. Bussing (1996); Heiser & Pratt (2002); Povinelli (2002))
  21. 21. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE) 21 Ideal PDE thermodynamic efficiency higher than turbo- engine because a detonation wave rapidly compresses mixture and adds heat at ~ constant volume.
  22. 22. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Propulsion Performance PDEs projected (H2 fuel in air) PDEs projected (HC fuel in air) 22
  23. 23. Combustion Modes Deflagration Subsonic Combustion Detonation Supersonic Combustion Unsteady Pulsed or Intermittent Steady or Continuous Combustion Unsteady Pulsed or Intermittent Steady or Continuous Ø Pulse Jets Ø Turbojets Ø Ramjets Ø Scramjets Ø PDEs Ø PDREs Ø Scramjets ? Ø RDE Detonation è supersonic spread of combustion by shock compression. Deflagration èsubsonic spread of combustion by thermal conductivity F 23
  24. 24. Combustion Modes: Detonation and Deflagration •  Deflagrations are subsonic combustion waves: M1< 1 •  Typical deflagrations propagate at speeds on the order of 1-100 m/s •  Across a deflagration, the pressure decreases while the volume increases, P2 < P1 and V2 > V1 •  Detonations are supersonic waves: M1 >1 •  Typical detonation waves propagate at a velocity on the order of 2000 m/s (4 < M1 < 8) •  Pressure increase across a detonation, while the volume decreases: P2 > P1, V2 < V1 •  Detonations in HC fuel: P2/P1 ~ 20 24 u1 u2 P1 P2
  25. 25. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Deflagration and Detonation Flame propagates from right 25 • Combustion or burning is sequence of exothermic chemical reactions between fuel and an oxidant accompanied by production of heat and conversion of chemical species. Products u2 P2, T2, ρ2, M2 P1, T1, ρ1, M1 Reactants u1
  26. 26. Detonation vs Deflagration: Qualitative Differences •  Qualitative differences between upstream and downstream properties across detonation wave are similar to property differences across normal shock •  Main differences: –  Normal shock wave: downstream velocity always subsonic –  Detonation wave: downstream velocity always local speed of sound •  Note that detonation waves can fall into strong and weak classes •  Strong detonation: subsonic burned gas velocity •  Weak detonation: supersonic burned gas velocity 26
  27. 27. Wave Properties •  Normal shock property ratios are qualitatively similar to those of detonations and of same magnitude –  Except that for detonation downstream velocity is sonic •  Mach number increases across flame for deflagrations –  Mach number is very small and thus is not a very useful parameter to characterize a deflagration •  Velocity increases substantially and density drops substantially across a deflagration –  Effects are opposite in direction as compared with detonations or shock waves •  Pressure is essentially constant across a deflagration (actually it decreases slightly), while detonation has high pressure downstream of propagating wave •  Characteristic shared by shock, detonation, and deflagration is large temperature increase across wave 27
  28. 28. Detonation for PropulsionDetonationwave(DW) propagationtocreatethrust 28 Oblique Detonation Wave Engine (ODWE) • Combustible gas mixture velocity equals or exceeds detonation Chapman- Jouguet (CJ) velocity. • Detonation waves (DWs) or oblique detonation waves (ODWs) are positioned to combust injected combustible mixture. Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE) • Cyclically detonates fuel and atmospheric air mixtures to generate thrust. • A shock wave compresses gas and this is followed by rapid release of heat and a sudden rise in pressure. •  PDE generates thrust intermittently, and it produces a significant pressure rise in combustor. • Detonation-generated pressure rise represents primary benefits of a PDE in that it may reduce engine compression requirements. Continuous Detonation Engine (CDE) • Combustible gas mixture is injected along axial direction, and DWs propagate in azimuthal direction. • Two directions are independent, DWs can continuously propagate with range of combustible gas injection velocities and do not require multi-time ignition.
  29. 29. Pure PDE Cycle 1: Fuel-Oxidizer Injected and Mixed 2: High pressure detonation Initiated 3: Detonation wave moves through gas mixture at supersonic speed 4: High pressure gas fills detonation chamber 5: Detonation wave exits chamber and air is drawn in by reduced pressure Thrust is directly proportional to detonation frequency FILL DETONATE EXHAUST Repeat
  30. 30. Detonation Initiation •  A detonation may form via direct initiation or via deflagration-to- detonation transition (DDT). •  Direct initiation is dependent upon an ignition source driving a blast wave of sufficient strength such that igniter is directly responsible for initiating detonation. It requires extremely large energy. •  DDT begins with a deflagration initiated by relatively weak energy source which accelerates through interactions with its surroundings into a coupled shock wave-reaction zone structure characteristic of a detonation. •  After spark creates a deflagration, transition process can take several meters or longer and a large amount of time. 30 Key to detonation initiation schemes for PDEs is to shorten distance and time required for deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT).
  31. 31. PDE Requirements Ø  Ignition and mixing must occur quickly to minimize cycle time and maximize thrust. Ø  DDT must occur quickly and in a short distance. Shortening DDT time decreases the detonate part of the cycle, allowing a frequency increase that is accompanied by a thrust increase. Ø  Shortening DDT distance decreases necessary thrust tube length, resulting in weight savings, a great advantage for propulsion. 31 1 2 3
  32. 32. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak PDE Cycle (Basic Cycle Process) 32 1.  Initially, chamber at ambient conditions 2.  Propellant injected from closed end * Sidewall injection also works and may improve mixing 3.  Ignition from closed end 4.  Wave propagation and transition in chamber 5.  Wave exits chamber 6.  Exhaust and purge
  33. 33. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Rankine-Hugoniot Combustion Map Conservation equations for mass, momentum, and energy for combustion waves in steady, inviscid, and constant-area flow. Hugoniot is locus of possible solutions for state 2 from a given state 1 and a given energy release Rayleigh line relates states 1 and 2. Solution state is at intersection of Hugoniot and Rayleigh line. 2211 vv ρρ = 2 222 2 111 vPvP ρρ +=+ 2 22 1 2 2 12 1 1 vhvh +=+ M1 M2 111 ,, ρvP 222 ,, ρvP Combustion wave 33
  34. 34. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak Chapman-Jouguet C-J Condition •  Solution to conservation equations is determined considering: –  For deflagrations, wave structure, and turbulent and diffusive processes determine propagation speed. –  For detonations, gas dynamic considerations are sufficient to determine solution. –  Chapman (1899) and Jouguet (1905) proposed that detonations travel at one particular velocity, which is minimum velocity for all solutions on detonation branch. •  At solution point (Chapman-Jouguet detonation point), Hugoniot, Rayleigh line, and isentrope are tangent. Flow behind a C-J detonation is sonic relative to wave: M2=1. •  C-J points divide Hugoniot into 4 regions: –  Weak deflagrations (subsonic to subsonic) –  Strong deflagrations (subsonic to supersonic) –  Weak detonations (supersonic to supersonic) –  Strong detonations (supersonic to subsonic) 34
  35. 35. C-J Velocity •  Chapman-Jouguet (C-J) condition: for an infinitesimal thin detonation, detonation wave proceeds at a velocity at which reacting gases just reach sonic velocity (in frame of lead shock) as reaction ceases. •  Assumes chemical reaction takes place at moment when shock compresses material •  Chapman-Jouguet velocity: velocity of an ideal detonation as determined by C-J condition: burned gas at end of reaction zone travels at sound speed relative to detonation wave front. •  C-J velocities can be computed numerically by solving for thermodynamic equilibrium and satisfying mass, momentum, and energy conservation for a steadily-propagating wave terminating in a sonic point. •  C-J velocities in typical fuel-air mixtures between 1400 and 1800 m/s. 35 Speed of sound: 331 m/s in air.
  36. 36. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak PDE Thermodynamic Cycle (Heiser & Pratt, 2002 36 • Process 3 è 4 models normal detonation wave in a PDE (ZND wave model) • Entropy generated in detonation wave heat addition process is sum of that generated in process from 3 to 3a (adiabatic normal shock wave) and that generated in process from 3a to 4 (constant-area heat addition process) that follows. Thermal efficiency of ideal Humphrey cycle is close to, but always somewhat less than, that of ideal PDE cycle – H&P
  37. 37. Summary of Chapter 1 •  Revolutionary propulsion is required to achieve high-speed cruise capability within atmosphere, and for low cost reliable earth-to-orbit vehicles. •  Pulse detonation engines (PDEs) have potential performance advantages over air breathing and rocket propulsion, bypassing limitations of existing concepts. •  Propulsion architectures that use pulsed and continuous detonation combustion offer more efficient thermodynamic properties, and thus are expected to exhibit a higher level of performance than more conventional propulsion that rely simply on deflagration combustion process. •  Chapter 2 will provide an overview of detonation-based propulsion, including hybrid turbine-PDE and Continuous Detonation Wave Engine (CDWE) concepts. 37
  38. 38. Air Breathing PDE Technology – D. Musielak J58 R-R/Snecma Olympus 593 P&W F100 GE F110 P&W F119 GE F414 P&W F100-232 Next Generation Supersonic Air Breathing Engine 38
  39. 39. Detonation •  Detonation is a shock wave sustained by energy released by combustion •  Combustion process, in turn, is initiated by shock wave compression and resulting high temperatures •  Detonations involve interaction between fluid mechanic processes (shock waves) and thermochemical processes (combustion) 39
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