Defence Notes

PREMIUM: Researchers harness the power of rotating detonation

25th September 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Ian Parker in Portsmouth


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The University of Central Florida (UCF) and USAF have produced a rocket engine which uses oxygen and hydrogen in continuous rotating detonation (RD).

The challenge was to tune it so that it runs continuously. The engine consists of concentric cylinders which form an annulus where the continuous explosion takes place ...

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