On the dynamics of self-sustained one-dimensional detonations: A numerical study in the shock-attached frame

Aslan R. Kasimov, D. Scott Stewart*

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In this work we investigate the dynamics of self-sustained detonation waves that have an embedded information boundary such that the dynamics is influenced only by a finite region adjacent to the lead shock. We introduce the boundary of such a domain, which is shown to be the separatrix of the forward characteristic lines, as a generalization of the concept of a sonic locus to unsteady detonations. The concept plays a fundamental role both in steady detonations and in theories of much more frequently observed unsteady detonations. The definition has a precise mathematical form from which its relationship to known theories of detonation stability and nonlinear dynamics can be clearly identified. With a new numerical algorithm for integration of reactive Euler equations in a shock-attached frame, that we have also developed, we demonstrate the main properties of the unsteady sonic locus, such as its role as an information boundary. In addition, we introduce the so-called "nonreflecting" boundary condition at the far end of the computational domain in order to minimize the influence of the spurious reflected waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3566-3578
Number of pages13
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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