About a year ago, I was talking with a fluid dynamics specialist who dealt with the combustion efficiency of special nozzles used for things like baking, heating, and gas turbine combustion. He had developed a system, knowing and researching many corners of human science. The concept was patented by the company he worked for and the rest was history. Still, I thought, why not take some of that “story” and stand on the shoulders of the giants and take it to another level.
So, I asked him about this vortex flow strategy and looked at how the Russian Rocket scientists used a vortex flow return of unburnt fuel to add thrust to their rocket engines. According to NASA and a documentary on the subject, this strategy put the Russians ahead of us during the Cold War and we didn’t even know it yet.
So this whole concept intrigued me, so I asked my new acquaintance; tell yourself you used a Vortex Flow return to ensure maximum combustion efficiency. Have you thought about using a similar design for a methane space rocket engine?
Next, I explained my thoughts on controlling vortex flow, burn rate, etc., stating; is it not astonishing the mathematical conception of the flames, it is beautiful and astonishing. Almost like music, it seems like we should be able to ‘tweak’ it and manipulate it almost to the point of communication through mathematics, algorithmically.
In any case; speaking of vortex flow, I worked on an issue for VTOL planes like the Hawker Harrier, the F-35, and the V-22 Tiltrotor. There appears to be a problem under 19 feet, namely soil, ground equipment, shrubs, uneven surfaces, relative wind, and rotor washout from other aircraft. All of these flows change the dynamics and during longer periods of hovering, the vortex flows interact and become less than predictable.
So one concept could be to have mechanical morphing A-frames of about 4 feet along the helipad boundary. The A-Frame would have a cone like rubbery protrusions facing the aircraft when it lands or hovering, which would alter and deflect part of the vortex flow. Some of the air would be drawn into the system and diverted to help thicken the air density in other areas, thus increasing the buoyancy effect. Making it safer, but also less energy spent on takeoff and higher takeoff weights.
In addition, it seems that we should add sound waves or vibrational external energy to incorporate it into a vortex device for even more efficient combustion flows just like my acquaintance did in its innovation and its research. Additionally, we could add these technologies to the stealth capability by eliminating sound, while improving combustion efficiency, removing a good deal of combustion turbulence. It might even work well with jet helicopters used in the battlespace. If you’ve done similar research or want to take it all to the next level, email me, in the meantime, please consider all of this and give it some thought.