Experimental investigation of endothermic fuel cracking for cooling hypersonic vehicles
The Air Force's scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) is a jet engine in which combustion takes place in supersonic airflow. As scramjet flight speeds increase to supersonic and hypersonic regimes, the temperature of the ram air taken on board the vehicle becomes too high to cool the structure. Therefore, it is necessary to use a fuel that undergoes endothermic cracking as the primary coolant. The primary focus of this project is to develop a fundamental understanding of the coupled homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions that occur during endothermic fuel cracking; which will be partly ...
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