gallery/fenris_air_breathing_rocket_motor_intake_post_test

The Fenris engine breathes air...
 

For decades the focus of most research has been on ram air technology. Fenris harnesses the laws of physics to flip that around by actually suctioning air with its own combustion pressures. 

 

The photos on the left show the exterior and interior of a Fenris motor after testing. The two photos are not of the same surface of the motor. On the top photo, notice the small indication of heat treating is from conductive heat transfer. The small amount of carburization is a remnant of the 0.5 (s) it takes after the fuel rich ignition sequence for the motor to begin ingesting air.  The ignition sequence is used during static testing because it is a safer protocol and prevents explosions from oxidizer enrichment scenarios.

 

The bottom photo shows interior of the same section opposite the intake face. Heavy coking typical of a rocket motor tested with a carburizing stoichiometric ratio of oxidizer to fuel ratio is present and innocuous.

What is a Fenris Air Breathing Rocket Motor?

How was Fenris created?

 

Fenris is the result of iterative design utilizing highly powerful Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code. Proof of concept and functions were obtained long before the first test. Fenris proved successful during cold flow and subsequent static test firing. The pictures below show initial proof of concept functions simulated by CFD software and a static test fire, after depletion of propellant temperatures peaked at 1,286 (C) or 2,346 (F).

Why is a rocket motor breathing air such a big deal?

 

For a rocket motor, ingesting air means free oxidizer and free reaction mass. This means more payload can be sent to space and moved on other planets. 

Exterior of intake manifold section after 120 (s) static test fire

gallery/fenris_air_breathing_rocket_motor_inside_post_test

Interior of intake manifold section after 120 (s) static test fire

DETAILS INTENTIONALLY CONCEALED

gallery/mars_fenris_air_breathing_static_test_fire_flir
gallery/fenris_air_breathing_rocket_motor_flow_vectors

DETAILS INTENTIONALLY CONCEALED