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Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Combustion and Noise, Vibrations, and Harshness Emissions in a Drone Jet Engine Fueled with Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene
- Valentin Soloiu - Georgia Southern University, Mechanical Engineering, USA ,
- John Mcafee - Georgia Southern University, USA ,
- Marcel Ilie - Georgia Southern University, USA ,
- Aidan Rowell - Georgia Southern University, USA ,
- James Willis - Georgia Southern University, USA ,
- Nicholas Dillon - Georgia Southern University, USA
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published August 14, 2023 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Soloiu, V., Mcafee, J., Ilie, M., Rowell, A. et al., "Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Combustion and Noise, Vibrations, and Harshness Emissions in a Drone Jet Engine Fueled with Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 17(1):2024, https://doi.org/10.4271/01-17-01-0006.
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