Turbine-based combined cycle propulsion system integration concept design

One of the most critical challenges for turbine-based combined cycle propulsion systems utilized in hypersonic civil aircrafts (Mach 0 to Mach 5) lies in guaranteeing the propulsion system to operate efficiently and stably along a very wide operating range. This has resulted in a need to investigate the matching restraints between the inlet and turbine-based combined cycle engine and nozzle from the integration point of view at the early stage of design. To get a good understanding of this integration concept design process, in this article, several basic design principles were first put forward. Next, a fast, versatile and trusted modular analysis tool for this concept design was developed and implemented. Third, several issues on this concept were analyzed including the design issues, the mechanisms of the variable geometries as well as the control schedules. Finally, a solution for the turbine-based combined cycle propulsion system was carried out and discussed. The results show that at least 11 total variables were required to be adopted in the variable cycle propulsion system to meet the basic mission requirements for Mach 5 civil airplane. How to guarantee these variable geometries function efficiently and reliably along the wide flight regime is one of the most critical technology challenges to make this concept feasible. The uniqueness of the developed analysis tool lies in that it affords a platform capable of investigating the design constraints and the matching relationships between the various propulsion components along a wide operating range, which is beneficial to predict the potential critical technological barriers at the early design stage.


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  • Accession Number: 01484049
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2013 4:38PM