Aerodynamic principles of shock-induced combustion ramjet engines

Kaifu Ma, Zijian Zhang, Yunfeng Liu, Zonglin Jiang

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The shock-induced combustion ramjet engine is the most favorable air breathing propulsive system and a suitable option for high-speed flight. In this paper, theoretical analysis and numerical simulations were conducted to study the thrust performance of shock-induced combustion ramjet engines. Firstly, the propulsive performance of supersonic combustion ramjet engines was theoretically analyzed by using the Chapman-Jouguet detonation theory. Then, the aerodynamic principles of shock-induced combustion ramjet engines were put forth on the basis of the theoretical analysis results. Finally, a full-scale shock-induced combustion ramjet engine was designed according to the aerodynamic principles. Two-dimensional numerical simulations were conducted to simulate its combustion flow field and propulsive performance. The numerical results demonstrate the correctness and application of the theoretical aerodynamic principles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105901
JournalAerospace Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Chapman-Jouguet detonation
  • Scramjet engines
  • Shock-induced combustion ramjet engines
  • Supersonic combustion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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