Re: Brand new & patented fuel for Hypersonic Aircraft

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Message posted by Smythers (Member since 04/27/2023) on August 20, 2023 at 17:46:19 PST:

It is snippets like this that lead places.

The development of weapons that can travel at hypersonic speeds is becoming a high priority to the US Air Force. A key technology needed for the continued development of these propulsion systems is the ability to cool the combustor by flowing fuel through channels machined in the walls. Currently, the cooling capacity of kerosene-based fuels is relatively low even when endothermic cracking reactions occur, and this limits the Mach number that can be achieved. Therefore, there is a strong need to develop new endothermic fuels and custom heat exchanger/reactors that can deliver substantially higher heat sink capacities.

Under a very successful Air Force SBIR Phase I project with the US Air Force, Reaction Systems has identified a fuel and catalyst combination that produces much higher cooling capacities than are currently available with kerosene-based fuels.

Reaction Systems received the Phase II award and is working with a major supplier to demonstrate an endothermic heat exchanger that simulates their design. The results of this investigation will be used to design a scaled-up custom heat exchanger/reactor for use in a hypersonic engine.

In Reply to: Brand new & patented fuel for Hypersonic Aircraft posted by Smythers on August 19, 2023 at 13:02:25 PST:


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