Investigation of conical subsonic diffusers for ram-jet engines

Farley, John M Welna, Henry J
March 15, 1954

The efficiency of a 30 degree conical diffuser was improved as much as 20 percent and separation was eliminated by the use of vortex generators. The use of splitter cones gave only small efficiency gains, but relatively uniform diffuser-outlet velocity profiles were obtained with the better designs. A configuration which incorporated both vortex generators and a splitter cone gave efficiencies higher than those obtained with any other splitter-cone configuration and also higher than those obtained when the same vortex generators were used without the splitter cone. Moderate diffuser-efficiency increases were obtained with guide vanes; however, in all cases combustion occurred in the vane wakes.

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