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Title:Shock dynamics of multidimensional condensed and gas phase detonations
Author(s):Stewart, D. Scott
Subject(s):Shock Dynamics
Multidimensional Condensed Detonations
Gas Phase Detonations
Abstract:Detonations arc comprised of broad detonation shocks supported by thin reaction zones. Approximations based on weak shock curvature measured on the inverse reaction zone scale, and quasi-steady flow, measured on the particle passage time through the reaction zone can be used to simplify the mathematical description of detonations that arc governed the gasdynamic equations for a reacting flow. When the detonation reaction zone contains a sonic locus it is possible to derive intrinsic ( coordinate independent) partial differential equations for the lead detonation shock's motion in terms of the normal detonation shock velocity, the shock curvature and higher normal time derivatives. We refer to this collection of theory and supporting experimental results as Detonation Shock Dynamics after Whitham's Geometrical Shock Dynamics. The reduced detonation dynamics is based on the concept of a eigenvalue (sonic) detonation, an idea that goes back to the original investigations in the 1940's. We present a review of the theoretical and experimental developments and attempt to update Fickett and Davis' discussion of work prior to 1980. We give examples of the theory and applications which include: i) weakly-curved, quasi-steady, near-CJ detonation ii) critical detonation curvature iii) quasi-steady extinction and ignition (and low velocity detonation) iv) shock acceleration effects and v) cellular and pulsating detonation in gases. We also review the engineering method of Detonation Shock Dynamics as it is applied to explosive systems. Extended version of lecture given at Cambridge U 4/1997 entitled: Dynamics of Multi-dimensional Detonation at the workshop Combustion Science at the End of the Millennium in honor of Prof J.F. Clarke.
Issue Date:1998-09
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 890
1998-6016
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/112597
ISSN:0073-5264
Sponsor:Air Force Wright Laboratory; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Air Force Office of Scientific Research; Department of Energy
Rights Information:Copyright 1998 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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