On November 1, 2021, the 120th jubilee International Invention Fair “Concours Lépine” dedicated to technology transfer and implementation of technical progress ended. The fair jurors awarded a silver medal to the invention titled: “Detonation chamber to power a turbine in liquid propellant rocket engines”, developed at Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation. Its authors are professor Piotr Wolański and Michał Kawalec, PhD Eng.
The invention significantly improves the power supply of the rocket engine and simplifies its structure, and as a result, it will allow to improve the efficiency of the pre-chamber operation and increase the performance of rockets equipped with such turbine propulsion systems.
Another type of innovation concerning the regenerative cooling of the rocket engine detonation chamber, also developed at the Institute, was successfully tested in September this year, during the world’s first flight test of an experimental rocket powered by a rocket engine using the rotating detonation process and powered by liquid propellants.
The test was carried out at the Military Institute of Armament Technology in Zielonka near Warsaw. The rocket engine worked for 3.2 seconds, accelerating the rocket to a speed of about 90 m/s which allowed the rocket to reach an altitude of 450 m.
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