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7 March 2012

Scramjets - the world's fastest air-breathing engines

Presented By Dr Andrew Dann, Research Associate, Aeronautical & Automotove Engineering, Loughborough University
  • 3.00pm
  • N112, Haslegrave Building

About this event

Abstract: On November 16, 2004, NASA's X-43A experimental hypersonic aircraft set a new speed record for air-breathing engines of 12,144km/h (7.546 mph), or Mach 9.8. The first successful flight demonstration of a scramjet was however achieved by The University of Queensland's Hyshot program at the Woomera Rocket Range in South Australia on 30 July, 2002. This talk will give an overview of the scramjet concept and the Hyshot program and discuss the ground-based research initiatives at The Univesity of Queensland's Centre for Hypersonics that continue to provide data for on-going scramjet research. These initiatives include the development and testing of hypersonic inpulse facilities such as shock tunnels and expansion tubes. Such facilities allow the production of hypersonic flows for scramjet component and full engine testing.