Preliminary results of turbojet-engine altitude-starting investigation

Wilsted, H. D., Armstrong, J. C.

A spark energy of 2.13 joules per spark at 1 spark per second produced ignition to an altitude of 50,000 feet at a flight Mach number of 0.6. The minimum power requirements for ignition were obtained from a combination of low spark repetition rates and high spark energy. The altitude-ignition limit was also increased by increasing spark-gap immersion, fuel temperature, inlet-air temperature, and fuel volatility, and by decreasing flight Mach number. The maximum altitude at which flame propagation was accomplished from combusters with spark plugs to combusters without spark plugs to combustors without spark plugs was increased about 5000 feet by increasing fuel volatility.

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