Engineering Professional Education

Hypersonic Propulsion


Fall 2017

Days/Time: MW / 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
Develop knowledge and analysis abilities for hypersonic propulsion devices
-Develop understanding of high-speed inlet systems
-Develop understanding of mixing systems employed in airbreathing engines
-Develop understanding of turbine-based combined cycle systems
-Develop understanding of detonative-based propulsion systems
-Develop understanding of ducted rockets
-Develop understanding of ramjet and scramjet propulsion systems

F2017 Syllabus

Topics Covered:
II.Introduction- Hypersonic propulsion missions, classification of systems, mission analysis, modified rocket equation (5-6 lectures)
III.Inlets/Compression Systems-inlet types, inlet starting, analysis of 1, 2, and 3 shock inlets, isentropic spike inlets, isolators (6 lectures)
IV. Mixers-constant area and constant pressure mixer, incompressible and compressible shear layers (5 lectures)
V. Turbine-Based Systems for High-Speed Flight: Cycle analysis, water/fluid injection, afterburning, turboramjets, performance calculations (3-4 Lectures)
VI. Pulse Detonation Engines: Principles of operation, Chapman-Jouget detonations, performance analysis (5-6 Lectures)
VII. Ramjets/Scramjets: Cycle analysis, 1-D internal flow analysis, performance calculation. (5-6 Lectures)
VIII. RBCC Systems/Ducted Rockets: Cycle analysis, 1-D internal flow analysis, performance prediction (4-5 Lectures)
IX. Cooling/heat transfer analysis- film, transpiration and convective cooling, cooling with hydrocarbon fuels (4 lectures) X. Guest Speakers (1-2 Lectures)
XI. X-43 brief, other things I dig up (2 lectures)
XII. Presentation of concept designs from each group (6-8 Lectures)

Students entering this course are expected to have prior undergraduate or graduate coursework in both airbreathing and rocket propulsion systems (Purdue AAE339 and AAE439) although some have taken the course concurrently with AAE439.

All assignments will be due at the beginning of class. No late assignments will be accepted for any reason.

Each of the teams will submit a final report providing a detailed design of a hypersonic propulsion system. The report should contain sufficient detail to identify the flow conditions at all stations within the device - more details on the final project to follow.

One 2-hour midterm

There is no formal text for the class. However, several books have been placed on reserve in the Engineering Library: Curran, E. T. and Murthy, S.N.B., Scramjet Propulsion, 2001 Murthy, S.N.B, Developments in High-Speed Propulsion, 1996 Murthy, S.N.B., and Curran, E. T., High-Speed Flight Propulsion Systems, 1991 Heiser, W.H. and Pratt, D. T., Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion, 1994. Segal, C., The Scramjet Engine, Cambridge University Press, 2009 The first four refs. are all part of the AIAA Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics series.

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Stephen D. Heister



Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2025


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