Thrust validation of rotating detonation engine system by moving rocket sled test

Keisuke Goto, Yuichi Kato, Kazuki Ishihara, Ken Matsuoka, Jiro Kasahara, Akiko Matsuo, Ikkoh Funaki, Daisuke Nakata, Kazuyuki Higashino, Nobuhiro Tanatsugu

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This Paper presents the results of a rotating detonation engine rocket sled test demonstration on a 127 mm gauge rail at 100 m long high-speed running track test equipment to evaluate the thrust performance of a stand-alone rotating detonation engine propulsion system. The developed sled test demonstrator contained all onboard subsystems, including engine, gas cylinders, valves, controller, and a data logger. The sled test demonstrator successfully generated thrust, and three or four detonation waves of 1460 to 1800 m∕s were observed during the 2.0 s burn time. The measured specific impulse in the sled test was 144 s as estimated from the acceleration of the demonstrator and the mass decrease in the onboard cylinders. The test results were compared with the data from a laboratory-stand firing test using a load cell, and the specific impulses of the sled test were found to be comparable to the results of the stand firing test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-425
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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