International Journal of Turbomachinery, Propulsion and Power
28 (1-20 pp.)
Presented herein is a comparative performance analysis of a novel turbofan engine with an auxiliary combustion chamber, nicknamed the TurboAux engine, against a turbojet engine, and a low bypass ratio turbofan engine with an afterburner is presented. The TurboAux engine is an adaption of the low-bypass ratio turbofan engine, but with secondary combustion in an auxiliary bypass annular combustion chamber for thrust augmentation. The TurboAux engine is envisioned with the desire to facilitate clean secondary burning of fuel at temperatures higher than in the main combustion chamber with air exiting the low-pressure compressor. The comparative study starts by analyzing the turbojet engine and its performance with and without an afterburner segment attached. In parallel, the conventional turbofan and its mixing counterpart are analyzed, also with and without an afterburner segment. A simple optimization analysis of a conventional turbofan is performed to identify optimal ‘fan’ pressure ratios for a series of low-bypass ratios (0.1 to 1.5). The optimal fan pressure ratios and their corresponding bypass ratios are adapted to demonstrate the comparative performance of the varying configurations of the TurboAux engine. The formulation and results are an attempt to make a case for charter aircrafts and efficient close-air-support aircrafts. The results yielded increased performance in thrust augmentation, but at the cost of a spike in fuel consumption. This trade-off requires more in-depth investigation to further ascertain the TurboAux’s utility.
Original Publication Citation
Fetahi, K., Asundi, S. A., & Taylor, A. C. (2022). A comparative performance analysis of the novel TurboAux engine with a turbojet engine, and a low-bypass ratio turbofan engine with an afterburner. International Journal of Turbomachinery, Propulsion and Power, 7(4), Article 28. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijtpp7040028
0000-0003-4364-8539 (Fetahi), 0000-0003-0989-682X (Asundi)
Fetahi, Kaleab; Asundi, Sharanabasaweshwara A.; and Taylor, Arthur C., "A Comparative Performance Analysis of the Novel TurboAux Engine with a Turbojet Engine, and a Low-Bypass Ratio Turbofan Engine with an Afterburner" (2022). Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Faculty Publications. 120.