Making the Heat Generated in Hypersonic Flight being Critically Utilized

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This technology is a method of designing a wing for a hypersonic plane that is able to carry water in the leading edge. The carried water is expected to be heated during supersonic flight allowing for the wing to cool. This capability allows for the water to act as a steam propulsion fluid, saving on high temperature material costs.



Hypersonic vehicles are expected to be widely applied in upcoming transportation systems. Due to high-speed flight in the atmosphere, the outer surface of the body receives intense friction from the atmosphere and creates aerodynamic heating; this occurs at the leading edge of an aircraft such as the nose, flange and inlet. There is a demand for more active cooling technologies in these vehicles such as film cooling, regenerative cooling, transpiration cooling and other solutions. Liquid coolants are able to improve heat-absorbing capacity due to evaporation. The proposed technology aims to disclose a heat collecting mechanism to absorb generated heat that can reduce fuel consumption for flights.



  • Industrial
  • Military/Defense
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Hypersonic wing aircraft design and manufacturing



  • Reduce material costs
  • Innovative cooling
  • More efficient hypersonic flights
  • Reduced fuel consumption
Patent Information:
Contact For More Information:
Jace Langen
Licensing Manager
The University of Arizona
Lead Inventor(s):
Peiwen Li