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Magnetohydrodynamic -is It A Viable Road To Follow  
User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 21
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

Magnetohydrodynamic priciples have been discussed in many research-experiments and articles.
Being not an expert in propulsion systems,I'd like to know if this is a potentially interesting technology for future propulsion systems applied to aircraft. It has been applied and used for submarines.
Tjan ks for any insight on if this is complete scienc fiction or some applications become available within the next ten years?

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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

Dr. Leik Myrabo from RPI is one of the main pushers behind this. When I was taking his classes back in the 80's I was impressed with the idea but somewhat dubious of its practicality. However, he has done some pretty impressive experiments and it could be practical in a few decades.

Do a google for his name and you will find lots of info; fortunately it googles well as it's a bit more distinctive than John Smith for example.

As I recall, the biggest obstacles to making this practical are:

1. Laser power
2. High temp materials
3. Optics able to handle the high power densities required
4. I'm sure there's more but those occur straight away

The experiments he's run to date are sort of brute force using the laser to cause detonation of the air itself. His concept is to use this for initial boost and then after sufficient velocity is attained(M 5-8 IIRC) transition to what he calls an MHD fanjet powered by a ground or space based laser.

He's written several books on the subject and I don't even know how many papers. If you're really interested then shoot him an e-mail - he'll certainly cover you up with info as he's a bit the crusader type when it comes to this.


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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3944 times:

For those who dont speak Geek  duck 

This is what Wiki has to say

Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) (magnetofluiddynamics or hydromagnetics), is the academic discipline which studies the dynamics of electrically conducting fluids. Examples of such fluids include plasmas, liquid metals, and salt water. The word magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) is derived from magneto- meaning magnetic field, and hydro- meaning fluid, and -dynamics meaning movement. The field of MHD was initiated by Hannes Alfvén, for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1970.

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User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

You know imagine a pulse-detonation wave system that used a detonation of fuel/air, then used a laser to detonate air, then a fuel air-detonation. Coudln't that provide a seamless vibrationless flight?

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