College of Engineering

Scramjet Engine Simulation

UVa Flight Vehicle Forebody during Mach 5 (pressure contours; streamlines)

The primary goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate a computational methodology for accurate simulation of scramjet engine internal flows.  This research is currently funded by the Department of Defense via a sole source subcontract with NASA Glenn Research Center.  ERAU has proposed a new modeling approach, and recently validated the model against experimental data for the HiFire II scramjet engine from Air Force Research Laboratory and NASA Langley Research Center.  Near-term efforts are focused on accurately modeling the effect of vitiation (i.e., contamination typical of scramjet engine experimental facilities) on scramjet engine performance.  Understanding the role of vitiation in scramjet engine testing is of critical interest to the DoD.


William Engblom Dr. William Engblom

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Engblom is an expert in the areas of computational fluid dynamics, propulsion, and optimization, and has managed nearly $1M in funded research while at ERAU. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at ERAU. Prior to joining ERAU in 2005, Dr. Engblom worked at NASA Glenn Research Center and The Aerospace Corporation.