A thermal management system for a propulsion engine of a supersonic or hypersonic aircraft is provided that uses a single flow of endothermic fluid as engine fuel and as a heat sink for engine cooling. The system includes a plurality of heat exchangers in flow series arrangement. Each heat exchanger has a reactor portion, containing a catalyst, in heat exchange relation with a heat source portion. The single fluid flow flows through each of the reactor portions and heat source portions. The heat for the reaction in the reactor portions is provided by the...
A method in which a single flow of an endothermic fluid is used as to fuel and cool a propulsion engine mounted on an aircraft operable at high Mach numbers, said aircraft having a stored source of said fluid in a liquid state; comprising the steps of: a) pressurizing said fluid; b) heating said fluid to a temperature at which an endothermic reaction can occur, by flowing it past a first portion of said engine requiring cooling; c) partially reforming said fluid by exposing it to a catalyst and heat; d) reheating said partially reformed fluid by flowing ...
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