Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Bhushan, Shanti

Committee Member

Zope, Anup

Committee Member

Hwang, Joonsik

Committee Member

Collins, Eric

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


Scramjet engines are key for sustained hypersonic flights. Analytic models play a critical role in the preliminary design of a scramjet engine configuration. The objective of this research is to develop and validate a quasi-1D model for the scramjet engine encompassing inlet, isolator and combustor, to evaluate the impact of flight conditions and design parameters on the engine functionality. The model is developed assuming isentropic flow in the inlet with a single turn; modified Fanno-flow equations in the isolator that account for the area change of the core flow; and the combustor is modeled using Heiser-Pratt equations accounting for the fuel mixing efficiency. The isolator and combustor models are validated against experimental results. The model accounts for twelve parameters allowing for a decent range of possible configurations. Finally, the model was applied to five sets of parametric studies to evaluate the effect of multiple parameters on the engine functionality.