Aluminum combustion chamber

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Aluminum combustion chamber

Post by jyoung » Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:19 am

I see that on the bailey dynajet plans call for aluminum on the valve head, but steel for the combustion chamber and resonator tube. Is there a reason why I could not use aluminum instead? temp? Pressure?

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Post by Rossco » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:09 am

Ha, NO you cant!
Heat, heat, and more heat!

Too much work in it to melt in a fraction of a second. Sheet steel would be much easier to build anyway. Even mild handles it fine... for a while, if its adequetly thick. Youll get many, many a run before the flakes of oxidization start getting thicker than the steel. (this does happen)

Have a look through some of the video here, to get an idea of the heat generated. Even the radiant heat has to be taken into consideration when mounting.

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Post by Mike Everman » Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:59 am

Yeah. While it might be a split second of fun, watching it consume itself, that's a lot of work for performance art. At least it won't grenade and splatter you with molten aluminum, it will most likely fail in the low pressure end, suck a hole, sag, *cry*
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Post by jyoung » Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:32 am

allright well I guess I will have to go ahead and roll a combustion chamber cone out of steel. Has anybody ever calculated what type of force is being exerted on the walls of the chamber?

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Re: re: Aluminum combustion chamber

Post by Stuart » Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:51 am

jyoung wrote:allright well I guess I will have to go ahead and roll a combustion chamber cone out of steel. Has anybody ever calculated what type of force is being exerted on the walls of the chamber?
Most pulsejets are showing a peak to trough fluction of 2 atmospheres (30 psi. Most failures that have been documented on this site are vacuum collapse. That should get you some ballpark idea.

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