State of detonation stability theory and its application to propulsion

D. Scott Stewart*, Asian R. Kasimov

*Corresponding author for this work

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We present an overview of the current state of detonation stability theory and discuss its implications for propulsion. The emphasis of the review is on the exact or asymptotic treatments of detonations, including various asymptotic limits that appear in the literature. The role that instability plays in practical detonation-based propulsion is of primary importance and is largely unexplored, hence we point to possible areas of research both theoretical and numerical, that might help improve our understanding of detonation behavior in propulsion devices. We outline the basic formulation of detonation stability theory that starts from linearized Euler equations, describe the algorithm of solution, and present an example that illustrates typical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1230-1244
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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