A combustion-driven facility for hypersonic sustained flight simulation

Antonio Esposito, Marcello Lappa, Christophe Allouis

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This study reports on the development of a new Blowdown-Induction Facility driven by two different Oxygen-Fueled Guns. The facility has been conceived and realized to simulate different flow conditions in the context of hypersonic sustained flight. Here the underlying principles are illustrated critically, along with a focused description of the various facility subsystems, their interconnections and the procedures specifically conceived to overcome some of the technical complexities on which this facility relies. The facility performances are finally presented in relation to some prototype applications, together with an indication of the related limits, advantages and possible directions for future improvements.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Aerospace Science, Technologies & Systems
Early online date17 Apr 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Apr 2024


  • combustion-driven facility
  • oxy-fueled guns
  • hypersonic sustained flight


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