17–19 September 2018
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Hypersonic Air-Breathing Propulsion: A Technical Primer

Hypersonics Space Course

16 September 2018      
0800-1700 hrs


This course will provide the essential foundation for anyone interested in the growing field of hypersonic air-breathing propulsion (HAP), a course with a strong focus on the practical research and development (R&D) of enabling technologies.

Whether you are new to the field or are already familiar with aerospace propulsion, in this course you will get concentrated insights into HAP systems, including how ram/scramjet engines can combine with other propulsion cycles. It will give you a technical overview of key concepts applicable to propulsion configurations proposed for both cruise and transatmospheric vehicles. 

Starting with a review of the aerospace environment and the flight requirements for different applications, the course will pinpoint the factors that affect sustained high-speed flight, which must be understood and managed for practical design of hypersonic vehicles and their propulsion systems. Becoming familiar with the most important technical issues faced by vehicles in hypersonic flight, we can understand what we can do to advance them. We will present the necessary background in cycle analysis, supersonic combustion, high-temperature materials, aero-structures, and thermal management, as required to mature HAP technologies. This course will give you a solid platform to help you develop new ideas and strengthen your contribution to R&D for emerging propulsion projects.  

Who Should Attend

The course is designed for engineers, researchers, students, scientists and managers engaged in research, development, and testing of advanced air breathing and rocket propulsion. 

Course Instructor

Dr. Dora E. Musielak specialized in propulsion, Dr. Musielak has over 25 years of experience directing R&D projects in industry and academia. Her key expertise is in high-speed air breathing propulsion and liquid chemical rockets. Musielak was chief scientist and led a scramjet propulsion development program sponsored by the U.S. government. She has authored numerous reports and papers related to high speed propulsion (scramjets, rockets, and PDEs), with focus on numerical simulation of fuel injection, high speed reacting and nonreacting turbulent flows. Dr. Dora Musielak is the recipient of two NASA research fellowships, one of which she was awarded to carry out research at the Hypersonics Propulsion Branch in NASA Langley. At NASA, Musielak began research related to scramjet combustion, including modeling and simulation of fuel injection, mixing, and flameholding using the VULCAN code.   An AIAA Associate Fellow, Dr. Musielak is a research professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Musielak has served in several national technical committees, including the NRC Committee on Breakthrough Technology for Commercial Supersonic Aircraft, the AIAA Pressure Gain Combustion Program Committee (PGC PC), and the AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion TC, which she chaired from 2014 to 2016.

Course Materials

Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes. Since course notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructors highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded to the course. 

Course Registration

Pricing and course registration information can be found here.

AIAA CEUs are available for this course.


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