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Electromagnetically activated hypersonic ducts.

MacLeod, C.


C. MacLeod


This paper explores the use of Electromagnetic Radiation as an alternative to combustion in Scramjet-like hypersonic engines. The radiation is absorbed by the flow, heating it and thereby providing an alternative to the heat derived from combustion in the Scramjet. The advantages and disadvantages of this system are explored and theoretical results are presented illustrating typical radiation pathlengths at different frequencies. Suggestions for further theoretical and practical work are also made.


MACLEOD, C. 2009. Electromagnetically activated hypersonic ducts. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society [online], 62(3), pages 99-109. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2009
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2009
Publication Date Dec 31, 2009
Deposit Date Jul 29, 2009
Publicly Available Date Jul 29, 2009
Journal Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
Print ISSN 0007-084X
Publisher British Interplanetary Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 3
Pages 99-109
Keywords Scramjet; Electromagnetic heating; Electromagnetic activation
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