Supersonic Spike Diffuser
- Magazine Article
The basic mode of operation for all passive supersonic diffusers is to enable a plume’s inherent power to drive the outer boundary of the exhaust jet to the diffuser wall so that the entire cross-section of the flow has a speed greater than that of sound. This allows mass removal from the area surrounding the nozzle via entrainment. The result is a low-pressure environment similar to the altitude at which the nozzle was designed to operate. Additionally, the nature of supersonic flow prevents pressure interference from the downstream environment.