Aerojet Rocketdyne, Department of Energy to develop RDE technology

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the US Department of Energy have signed an agreement to develop air-breathing rotating detonation engine (RDE) technology that could enable the combined cycle efficiency of natural gas-fueled power plants to exceed 65 percent, the company said.

The RDE agreement, valued at USD6.8 million, is for the Phase II program that provides value to the Department of Energy by leveraging ongoing RDE development activities and expertise of Aerojet Rocketdyne´s work with Purdue University, University of Michigan, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida and Southwest Research Institute.

The technology will enable combined cycle efficiency gains by capturing the increased performance of pressure gain combustion within the combustion assembly, and reducing the flow variations resulting from RDE combustion to levels that are acceptable to upstream compressors and downstream turbines.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an aerospace company that serves the aerospace and defense markets, providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets.