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Presented here is some exploratory work on mean-line hypersonic system design, based on Heiser and Pratt, using the X43 as a case study. The following is a Visual Basic (VB) based graphical user interface (GUI) built in CATIA, wherein one can adjust the design Mach No of the X43.

Figure 1.1: Parameteric Models of X43 Hypermach Engine.)

The GUI is complete for the compression and combustion stages, but not for the expansion stage; regardless, the exercise was quite instructive!


[1] W.H. Heiser and D.T. Pratt, Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion, AIAA Education Series, 1994.


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