Numerical study on the start and unstart phenomena in a scramjet inlet-isolator model

Autoři: Jaewon Lee aff001;  Sang Hun Kang aff002
Působiště autorů: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, Korea aff001;  Department of Aerospace System Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, Korea aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(11)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224994


Inlet unstart and buzz in scramjet engines must be prevented for the stable operation of the engines. In the present study, the characteristics of the inlet start, unstart and buzz phenomena in a scramjet engine inlet model are investigated using numerical analysis with the RANS-based OpenFOAM solver. The results for the inlet start case with a small computational domain that includes only the inlet-isolator part are in good agreement with existing numerical and experimental results. However, for the inlet unstart case, the computational domain must be wide enough to consider the interactions between the upstream of the inlet and the internal flow of the inlet to predict the inlet unstart and buzz phenomena in the inlet test model. The present results show fairly good agreement with existing experimental results with the buzz phenomenon. The effects of boundary layer profiles on the buzz oscillation frequency and amplitude are also addressed.

Klíčová slova:

Combustion – Engines – High pressure – Normal distribution – Numerical analysis – Reflection – Velocity – Viscosity


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