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Pressure Gain Combustion for Emerging Propulsion and Power Systems


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Turbine Engine Division

opportunity location
13.30.08.C0260 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337103


name email phone
Robert Timothy Fievisohn 937-656-4100


Pressure gain combustion concepts, including Rotating Detonation Engines (RDE) are a potentially revolutionary technology which utilize pressure rise from the combustion process to produce momentum and/or pressure. Recent research at the Detonation Engine Research Facility (DERF) at Wright-Patterson AFB has advanced the state-of-the-art through computational and experimental studies utilizing several in-house developed codes and research engines. Areas of work include combustion/detonation initiation, fuel injection, controls, materials, power extraction, heat transfer, inlets, nozzles, ejectors, hybrid detonation/turbine engines, acoustics, emissions, operability and diagnostics. A wide variety of research opportunities are available utilizing the unique detonation research facilities capable of simulating numerous air breathing engine applications and equipped with state of the art instrumentation, diagnostics, computational tools and research engines. Recent research projects have included hydrocarbon RDEs, radial RDEs, injector response and full engine large eddy simulations.  



Fotia ML, et al: Journal of Propulsion and Power 32: 2016

key words
Pressure gain combustion; Detonation combustion; Rotating Detonation Engine; Laser diagnostics; Sprays; Turbines; Ramjets


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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