A feasibility study on using inkjet technology, micropumps, and MEMs as fuel injectors for bipropellant rocket engines
Glynne-Jones, Peter, Coletti, Michele, White, Neil M., Gabriel, Stephen and Bramanti, Cristina (2008) A feasibility study on using inkjet technology, micropumps, and MEMs as fuel injectors for bipropellant rocket engines. In, 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, Hartford, USA, 21 - 23 Jul 2008.
Control over drop size distributions, injection rates, and geometrical distribution of fuel and oxidizer sprays in bi-propellant rocket engines has the potential to produce more efficient, more stable, less polluting rocket engines. This control also offers the potential of an engine that can be throttled, working efficiently over a wide range of output thrusts. Inkjet printing technologies, MEMS fuel atomizers, and piezoelectric injectors similar in concept to those used in diesel engines are considered for their potential to yield a new, more active injection scheme for a rocket engine. Inkjets are found to be unable to pump at sufficient pressures, and have possibly dangerous failure modes. Active injection is found to be feasible if high pressure drop along the injector plate are used. A conceptual design is presented and its basic behavior assessed.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Keywords:||inkjet, injector, liquid, rocket, motor, droplet size, diesel|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Electronics and Computer Science
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Astronautics
|Date Deposited:||07 Jan 2009|
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2016 12:49|
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