Various Rotating Detonation Engines (RDEs) are being studied alongside commercial and government partners to progress the technology towards a fieldable TRL. Combustion by detonation produces greater efficiencies (Isp) and work than modern isobaric engines. When sustained, RDEs enable a performance leap unrealized in decades of R&D. By entraining a detonation to propagate azimuthally, continuous pressure gain is made available at lower fuel costs than nominal. The transient nature of the detonation phenomenon presents challenges which the UCF RDE group have, and continue to, overcome by characterizing RDEs through ultra-high-speed optical diagnostics, fluidic sensors, computational fluid dynamics, & iterative design.
Current Research Projects:
1. Carbon Rotating Detonation Combustor (CRDC)
2. Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine
3. Liquid Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine