Evaluation of five conical center-body supersonic diffusers at several angles of attack

Gerald W. Englert, Leonard J. Obery
May 1952

Five supersonic inlets having conical center bodies were investigated in a 16-inch ram jet engine with and without combustion at Mach numbers of 1.7, 1.9, and 2.0 and angles of attack from 0 degrees to 10 degrees. Four of the inlets were of the low-mass-flow-ratio type whereas the fifth inlet was of the high-mass-flow-ratio type. The stable operating range of the four low-mass-flow-ratio inlets decreased considerably as the angle of attack was increased despite an increase of the cone angle or the use of boundary-layer bleed. The stable range of the high-mass-flow-ratio inlet increased considerably both at 0 degrees and at greater angles of attack as the free-stream Mach number was decreased. Free-stream Mach number, angle of attack, and inlet type had negligible effects on combustion efficiency, temperature ratio, or combustion-chamber inlet Mach number in the supercritical region.

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