Supersonic Forced Ignition Systems

Our group has performed the first demonstration of laser spark ignition in a supersonic combustion ramjet engine, and we are continuing this work in collaboration with the US Air Force and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to investigate the effectiveness of laser spark ignition and nanosecond-duration plasma ignition for enhancing ignition in hypersonic flows.  We are now leading the experimental component of a large CRC-P funded project to investigate the ignition of hydrocarbon fuels in scramjets.