Rotating Detonation Combustion for Gas Turbines - Modeling and System Synthesis to Exceed 65% Efficiency Goal


Pressure Gain Combustion:<br/>Rotating Detonation Combustor
Pressure Gain Combustion:
Rotating Detonation Combustor
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.
Website:  Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.
Award Number:  FE0023983
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 06/30/2019
Total Award Value:  $7,570,127
DOE Share:  $6,054,678
Performer Share:  $1,515,449
Technology Area:  Advanced Turbines
Key Technology:  Pressure Gain Combustion
Location:  Chatsworth, California

Project Description

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.

Project Benefits

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.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Robin Ames:
Technology Manager 
Richard Dennis:
Principal Investigator 
Glenn Havskjold:

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