Investigation on the Effect of Altitude on UAV Eng
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 3/7/2019

Opportunity Description

Investigation on the Effect of Altitude on UAV Engine Combustion and Performance Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are a growing research area for both the military and commercial sectors. One of the major constraints of this growth is reliable engines to power the UAS aircraft. Presently, most of the practical UAS aircraft use internal combustion engines. However, these engines are extremely sensitive to fuel properties, particularly at high altitudes. The ARL Small Engine Altitude Research Facility (SMEARF) is used to investigate such effects. The fellow will perform detailed engine combustion and performance analysis for a variety of small UAV engines at a range of altitude conditions, using fuels that are typical of the Department of Defense. The goal will be to elucidate the fundamental thermodynamic and chemical processes in the engines that are effected by the adverse environments, and the DoD fuels. Based on this understanding, robust and efficient technologies for future UAV power will be developed. The fellow shall have a profound understanding of engine combustion processes and analytical skills to perform engine performance and heat release analysis. Advisor: Szedlmayer, Michael T. (410) 278-9020; [Click Here To Join]

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