Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. will develop, validate, and integrate a systems model for a rotating detonation combustor into an overall systems model of a power plant and define the path to configurations that exceed 65 percent combined-cycle efficiency. The RDE system presents an opportunity for potential performance improvement because of the similarity of the detonation process to constant volume combustion. This program will begin by developing and validating a system simulation tool for integration into a power plant systems model. Results will be implemented into the power plant systems model to define the path to configurations that exceed 65 percent combined cycle efficiency.
The program advances the technology for combustion turbines for combined-cycle applications by integrating a rotating detonation engine (RDE), pressure gain combustion system with an air-breathing power-generating turbine system to achieve combined-cycle efficiency equal to or greater than the DOE goal of 65 percent.