Vijay Gopal

Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Donald R Wilson


High speed propulsion systems typically possess relatively simple geometry but the complexity involved in the flow characteristics makes their analysis a challenging task. The current research work introduces a reduced order analytical model for a steady operation of dual mode SCRamjet (Supersonic Combustion Ramjet) propulsion system at design and off-design conditions. The model hopes to reduce analysis time and complexity to carry out parametric sweep studies for preliminary design of SCRamjet engines. The analytical model splits the analysis of SCRamjet engine into five interactive components namely: inlet, isolator, injector, burner and nozzle. Each component is modelled using physics of gas-dynamics and semi-empirical relations. The flow characterization of each component and their interactions are modelled carefully based on observed physical phenomenon reported in the existing literature. The model is developed on MATLAB platform providing flexibility to design a parametrized SCRamjet geometry and to select its free stream and fueling conditions for the analysis. The analytical model proposed in the current work is validated with various experimental and computational data of individual components and its reliability for predicting the flow characteristics inside a SCRamjet propulsion system is discussed in detail.


Aerospace Engineering | Engineering | Mechanical Engineering


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington