posted on Jun, 3 2012 @ 08:00 PM
Originally posted by thebozeian
However I am skeptical about some of the numbers you mentioned. I highly doubt that friction ignition would be occurring at around Mach 1 as you just
dont have enough of a temperature spike at that speed from friction to see auto ignition. There is nothing wrong with the theory just the speed
involved. No standard Jet A1/JP type fuel would ignite at those low temps. The only way to do it would be to produce special low ignition point fuels,
but the problem with these is that they would be inherently highly dangerous. Not saying it is not possible but maybe not practical. Most likely is
that either you or your friend had the numbers confused. Maybe you could clarify this with them?
Oh any mistaken numbers would be entirely my fault.
This conversation would have been several years ago...around 2002. I am in no way an
aeronautical engineer, so this was my friend's expertise talking, and my poor memory interpreting.
I have no doubt you are right about both the speed and fuel. I do believe he was right about the existence of this system, but I think you are right
too. The vehicle would be unstable, like the propulsion system... most likely why he now works for the US Navy.
Said he wanted a steady paycheck.