New AFOSR Grants for Hypersonic Research

We have received 2 new research grants from AFOSR to support our hypersonics program. These new grants will support our ongoing collaboration with the Center for Hypersonics at the University of Queensland and the Defense, Science, & Technology Group (DST) in Australia. The new grants are:

  • Research into perisymmetric scramjet flowpaths and compact geometries for Mach 7 hypersonic propulsion
  • DURIP grant for instrumentation: Burst-mode multi-spectral laser system for imaging in optical scramjet facility (ACT-II)

New $8M Grant for Future UAS Propulsion Research

Our research group has received an $8M research grant from the Army Research Laboratory as part of the Center for UAS Propulsion (CUP). The grant will fund pioneering research efforts in the following areas:

  • Flexible fuel UAS propulsion technologies
  • Fuel kinetics and modeling
  • Advanced medium-small size gas turbine technologies
  • High-speed (supersonic) air launch effects (ALE) – Ram and Scram modes

AIAA SciTech 2020 Best Paper Award

Paper from our group “Flow Choking Induced by Combustion and Mass Injection in a Circular Model Scramjet at Mach 4.5” by authors Diamiano Baccarella, Qili Liu, Gyusub Lee, and Tonghun Lee has been awarded the best technical paper award from the High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee at AIAA SciTech 2020.