Fuel preconditioning for detonation combustion Patent uri icon


  • A fuel preconditioning system for use with a pulse detonation combustor (PDC) makes use of a heat source to pyrolyze fuel prior to injecting it into the PDC for detonation. The fuel is decomposed into a more detonable form by pyrolysis in a conditioner that applies heat to the fuel in the absence of oxidizer. The heat may be provided by a hot section of the engine, including the walls of the PDC itself. The conditioned fuel is fed to the PDC and detonated.

author list (cited authors)

  • Dean, A. J., Leyva, I. A., & Umeh, C. O.

complete list of authors

  • Dean, AJ||Leyva, IA||Umeh, CO

publication date

  • April 2010