A turbocharger jet engine combines knowledge of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, machine elements and jet propulsion. This paper describes how we built a jet engine using a truck turbocharger. We review the history of jet engines, types of jet engines, how we built our jet engine and the engineering analysis behind it. We calculated specific thrust, specific fuel consumption, and the adiabatic flame temperature using concepts we learned from jet propulsion and thermodynamics classes. We machined an air handling system out of stainless steel and built a fuel system, cooling oil system and ignition system to run the engine.

Document Type

Final Report

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences Independent Study

Date of Submission