A Numerical Analysis of Supersonic Intake Buzz in an Axisymmetric Ramjet Engine

  • Yeom, Hyo-Won ;
  • Sung, Hong-Gye ;
  • Yang, Vigor
  • Received : 2015.04.10
  • Accepted : 2015.06.17
  • Published : 2015.06.30


A numerical analysis was conducted to investigate the inlet buzz and combustion oscillation in an axisymmetric ramjet engine with wedge-type flame holders. The physical model of concern includes the entire engine flow path, extending from the leading edge of the inlet center-body through the exhaust nozzle. The theoretical formulation is based on the Farve-averaged conservation equations of mass, momentum, energy, and species concentration, and accommodates finite-rate chemical kinetics and variable thermo-physical properties. Turbulence closure is achieved using a combined scheme comprising of a low-Reynolds number k-${\varepsilon}$ two-equation model and Sarkar's compressible turbulence model. Detailed flow phenomena such as inlet flow aerodynamics, flame evolution, and acoustic excitation as well as their interactions, are investigated. Mechanisms responsible for driving the inlet buzz are identified and quantified for the engine operating at subcritical conditions.


Ramjet Engine;Inlet Buzz;Combustion Oscillation;Compressible Turbulence Model


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