Wave Engine Aerothermodynamic Design PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Helmut E. Weber

Pennsylvania State University, San Diego, CA

Paper No. 91-GT-004, pp. V001T01A002; 8 pages
  • ASME 1991 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 3–6, 1991
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7898-9
  • Copyright © 1991 by ASME


A method for aerothermodynamic preliminary design of a wave engine is presented. The engine has a centrifugal precompressor for the wave rotor which feeds high and low pressure turbines. Three specific wave engine designs are presented. Wave rotor blades are naturally cooled by the ingested air; thus combustion temperatures can be as high as 1900°K. Engine pressure ratios of over 25 are obtained in compact designs. It is shown that no nozzles at the end of the rotor blade passages yield the highest cycle efficiencies which can be over 50%. Rotor blades are straight and easily milled, cast or fabricated.

Copyright © 1991 by ASME
Topics: Engines , Waves , Design
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