Supersonic diffusers with reverse flow injection

D. W. Kuntz, J. C. Button, S. H. White, A. L. Addy

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In applications such as airborne high energy chemical lasers, diffuser size and weight can be critical parameters. This paper summarizes the authors’ research concerning the effects of flow injection into a supersonic diffuser in a direction opposite to that of the main flow. Experimental studies were conducted concerning the effect of diffuser performance, particularly length and pressure recovery, of this reverse flow, and a quasi-one-dimensional control volume analysis was performed to predict some of the diffuser flow properties. Single-stream, dual-stream, and sudden enlargement configurations were considered. This work has shown that a reverse flow can reduce the length of a diffuser while causing only a small decrease in overall pressure recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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