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Combustion (CS) Subcommittee

Technical Objectives

The subcommittee objectives involve the assessment and interpretation of current combustion research and development programs so that engineers and scientists can use this knowledge to build efficient, safe, and stable rocket and gun propulsion systems. These efforts are thus directed toward the early recognition and definition of combustion phenomena as well as the timely solution of unwanted/unexpected combustion difficulties discovered and encountered for present and planned propulsion systems.

Other objectives include the identification and solution of combustion related problems for a wide range of interagency propulsion and test devices that employ reacting flows and materials; the coordination of Interagency sponsored programs; the establishment of cooperative Interagency programs to solve common problems and conduct investigations; the standardization of nomenclature, tests, and test procedures; and the promotion of technical information and data exchange.



Technical areas of interest include chemical combustion phenomena within combustors of solid, liquid, hybrid, and airbreathing missile, space, underwater, and gun propulsion systems. The combustion phenomena encompass steady-state, transient, and unsteady processes. Airbreathing propulsion systems include ramjets and air augmented systems. Work areas covered include analytical modeling and experimental research on fundamental combustion and fluid dynamic processes and their relation to the development and performance of solid, liquid, hybrid, and airbreathing rocket, missile, space, underwater, and gun propulsion systems. These work areas involve studying the dependence of the combustion and flow phenomena on parameters such as propellant systems, combustor configurations, environment, inlets, and nozzles. Specialized tests, instruments, and procedures are devised and standardized, partly to aid in validation of research methods, and eventually for use in design, testing, performance optimization, and quality control of production.


Mission Areas

  1. Ignition and Combustion of Gun Propellants
  2. Solid Propellants and Combustion
  3. Explosive Performance/Enhanced Blast
  4. Airbreathing Combustion
  5. Combustion Diagnostics
  6. Liquid, Hybrid and Novel Propellants Combustion

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JHU/WSE ERG Technical Representative

Mr. Ben Hill-Lam, JHU-WSE ERG
Telephone: 4437185011