Scramjet Engine Simulation
Dr. Engblom and his research assistants have been on the front-line of scramjet engine development since 2006 with continuous funding from the Department of Defense. His research team is working with NASA Glenn Research Center to support development of the Hy-V scramjet-powered flight demonstration vehicle, led by the University of Virginia (UVa). ERAU is providing detailed, full “tip-to-tail”, external-internal flow simulations of the vehicle to evaluate the design and proposed modifications. The forebody of this vehicle is illustrated below along with predicted pressure contours and centerline streamlines during Mach 5 flight (red indicates high pressure); a close-up of hydrogen-air combustion occurring within the engine is also shown using water vapor contours.
In another project, a collaboration with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, who successfully built and tested the scramjet-powered X-51A in 2010, was formed to optimize a scramjet isolator flowpath, using funding from the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion. This scramjet engine research program continues to give students the opportunity to work with nationally known experts in hypersonics from academia, government, and industry.
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.