Monthly Archives: July 2010

Pulsed Detonation Engines for Cleaning Tubes

Although the PDE concept has been around since the early 1940s (first explosion mode engine patent dates from 1899), PDE research has only been growing in popularity since the late 1980s. In 1986, three researchers at the Science Applications International … Continue reading

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The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR), a Possible Contendor for Nuclear Propulsion Systems

The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTR) are  purportedly safer (no harmful radioactive wastes produced), less expensive, smaller in size, does not use weapons-grade radioactive fuels and run on thorium-232, which is apparently an abundant heavy metal. The nuclear reactions in … Continue reading

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PDE Research at GE, Some Links

Here is a link to a September 2009 interview by MIT’s Technology Review magazine of Michael Idelchick, VP of Advanced Technologies at GE Research in which he talks about GE’s research into pulsed detonation engines. He stated that GE is … Continue reading

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Upcoming AIAA conference and PDE short course

The 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit is scheduled to take place in Nashville, TN at the Nashville Convention Center & Renaissance Hotel from 25th to 28th of July 2010, Sunday through Wednesday. More information here. Following the conference, … Continue reading

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This blog is about cutting edge propulsion systems, including pulsed detonation engines, continuous detonation engines, pulse jets, supersonic and hypersonic propulsion systems, plasma based electric propulsion systems or any other weird and interesting propulsion technologies.

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