Thermophysics and Aeromechanics

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 583–591 | Cite as

In-water gas combustion for thrust production

  • V. S. TeslenkoEmail author
  • A. P. Drozhzhin
  • R. N. Medvedev


The paper presents the results of experimental study for hydrodynamic processes occurring during combustion of a stoichiometric mixture propane-oxygen in combustion chambers with different configurations and submerged into water. The pulses of force acting upon a thrust wall were measured for different geometries: cylindrical, conic, hemispherical, including the case of gas combustion near a flat thrust wall. After a single charge of stoichiometric mixture propane-oxygen is burnt near the thrust wall, the process of cyclic generation of force pulses develops. The first pulse is generated due to pressure growth during gas combustion, and the following pulses are the result of hydrodynamic pulsations of the gaseous cavity. Experiments demonstrated that efficient generation of thrust occurs if all bubble pulsations are used during combustion of a single gas combustion. In the series of experiments, the specific impulse on the thrust wall was in the range 104–105 s (105–106 m/s) with account for positive and negative components of impulse.

Key words

pulse combustion of gas in water force pulses thrust specific thrust hydrojet propulsion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. S. Teslenko
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. P. Drozhzhin
    • 1
  • R. N. Medvedev
    • 1
  1. 1.Lavrentiev Institute of Hydrodynamics SB RASNovosibirskRussia

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