Innovative approaches to fuel-air mixing and combustion in airbreathing hypersonic engines.
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MACLEOD, C., 2013. Innovative approaches to fuel-air mixing and combustion in airbreathing hypersonic engines. JBIS: Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 66 (5/6), pp. 178-189.
This paper describes some innovative methods for achieving enhanced fuel-air mixing and combustion in Scramjet-like spaceplane engines. A multimodal approach to the problem is discussed; this involves using several concurrent methods of forced mixing. The paper concentrates on Electromagnetic Activation (EMA) and Electrostatic Attraction as suitable techniques for this purpose - although several other potential methods are also discussed. Previously published empirical data is used to draw conclusions about the likely effectiveness of the system and possible engine topologies are outlined.