His collaborative research efforts with the United States Air Force and GE Aviation address this complication. “By utilizing the ozone to increase the burning rate of the fuel-air mixture, we can stabilize the flame, completing the combustion process within the limited amount of time,” explains Matthew.
Enhancing burning rates not only depends on the amount of ozone added to the scramjet engines, but also depends on the flow conditions. “Specifically, for a given amount of ozone,” Pinchak explains, “more enhancement in the burning rate is achieved as flow conditions become more similar to those in actual engines.”
In addition to the above full-time research, Pinchak is also involved in research on gas turbine afterburner, which are used in military aircraft for short bursts of speed when taking off from a short runway and increasing maneuverability in combat. Pinchak graduated from UCLA with a BS in aerospace engineering and found DCASS to be a very exciting opportunity to see first-hand the cutting-edge research from the top most respected institutions.
Owen Macmann, assisted by UC Professor Kelly Cohen, PhD, won Best Presentation for Image & Diagnostics on “Using Intelligent Systems for Object Recognition in Thermal Imaging Analysis.”
Congratulations to Goutham, Matthew and Owen for their ambitious accomplishments and the best of luck in the continuation of your research projects.