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Integration of High Heat Sink Fuels in Aircraft Thermal Management Systems

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Marvin R. Glickstein

MRG Technical Services, Inc., North Palm Beach, FL

Valerie J. Van Griethuysen

AFRL Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

Ernest S. Hodge

Modelogics, Inc., Kennesaw, GA

Paper No. GT2003-38341, pp. 75-82; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2003, collocated with the 2003 International Joint Power Generation Conference
  • Volume 1: Turbo Expo 2003
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 16–19, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3684-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3671-1
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Efficient design of advanced military aircraft to satisfy defined mission roles requires designing the individual components and subsystems, and subsequently integrating all of these to yield the desired final product. This design process, to be efficient, must optimize the total integrated design to best attain its product goal. Attaining operational goals requires that two related requirements are satisfied, namely aircraft operation performance (i.e., the ability to operate over the desired flight profile with the desired range and payload), and the thermal control requirements (i.e., the ability to manage all of the thermal environments within the available resources). Development of future aircraft fuels with enhanced thermal stability provides the potential for greater heat sink capacity, thus expanding the thermal resources available for cooling. However, it is not immediately obvious how these additional resources should be integrated into the complex thermal control systems of future aircraft in order to fully capitalize on the potential cooling capability. This paper describes the results of a study addressing this question for an advanced strike fighter, with appropriate mission and thermal requirements, along with an evaluation of the effects of system integration architecture for a variety of system concepts. The methods of system analysis and the study results provide some general guidelines for thermal system design employing enhanced fuels and several types of overall system integration configurations.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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