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Open call for students

There are always various topics for Bachelor and Master theses available, depending on your interests and educational background. For an individual assessment please contact Prof. Myles Bohon or Eric Bach.

Thrust measurement

In this project, thrust measurements should be conducted and compared to Kiel probe data. Further, an aerospike nozzle and a transition piece are to be investigated.

This project can be offered as a Master thesis.

If you are interested please contact Eric Bach.

Laser absorption spectroscopy

This project makes use of a recently developed tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) system. The system is to be expanded and used to determine the temperature, pressure, and species distributions within the RDC.

Please contact Eric Bach.

Characterization of flow probes

This work focuses on obtaining transfer functions for the various flow probes used on the RDC. The project includes design and commissioning of a calibration rig with forcing up to 15kHz with or without mean flow, as well as a comparison to analytical models.

This project can be offered as a Master thesis.

If you are interested please contact Eric Bach.

Investigation of reactant injectors

The actual performance of an RDC is the result of a pressure loss across the air injector, and the pressure rise from the detonation process. However, increased coupling between air plenum and combustion chamber, caused by decreasing injector stiffness, may lead to unwanted and harmful resonance.

Adequate fuel-air mixing on the other hand is mainly driven by appropriate fuel injector design. In the context of this project, the diodicity of different geometries will be investigated. Diodicity is typically expressed as the ratio of the forward and backward pressure drop.

This project can be offered as a Master thesis.

If you're interested please contact Eric Bach.

RDC with optical access

This project includes the design and implementation of a fused silica (quartz glass) outer body for the RDC. The optical access is then to be used to capture and analyze high speed video of the propagating detonation wave.

This project can be offered as a Master thesis.

If you're interested please contact Eric Bach.

Dynamic time warping

Signals acquired from RDC experiments are highly dynamic and fluctuating. In order to better interpret and understand these, a so-called dynamic time warping algorithm is to be implemented. In the context of this work, an adequate algorithm needs to be identified and applied to RDC time traces.

This project can be offered as a Master thesis.

If you're interested please contact Eric Bach.

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