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Bombardier Beetle

Fuel Injectors based on the Bombardier Beetle ejection system

(Funding source: Industrial/EPSRC)

The beetle combustion chamber has been modeled using Computational Fluid Dynamics programming based on 2 phase flow. The pressurized chamber is controlled by inlet and outlet valves. The CFD work has successfully modeled the sudden release of the outlet valve and thus simulated the subsequent vapour explosion. This work is leading to applications on Gas Turbine igniters and fuel injectors.

Bombardier beetle rig built by Prof Andy McIntosh


Andreas Prongidis ERRI PhD Student

Andreas Prongidis pre4ap@leeds.ac.uk

Research Interest: A Biomimetically Inspired Study of Plasma Jet Igniters and a Novel Device for Fuel Injection
Supervisor: Andrew McIntosh

Prof Andy McIntosh

Professor Andy McIntosh
BSc, PhD, DSc, FIMA, CMath, FInstE, CEng, FInstP, MIGEM, FRAeS
Professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory
Tel: (+44) 113 343 2506
Fax: (+44) 113 246 7310

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