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Title:Theoretical Studies in Two-Phase Flow Prior to the Transition to Detonation in Granular Solid Propellants
Author(s):Gokhale, Sadanand Sadashiv
Department / Program:Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Discipline:Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Engineering, Aerospace
Abstract:A model describing reactive two-phase flow through a gas-solid mixture is presented based upon either the concept of continuum mixture or the concept of separated-flow continuum. The resulting governing equations are solved by the method of finite differences. Details of two distinct numerical methods to solve these nonlinear, coupled hyperbolic partial differential equations simultaneously are also presented. In addition, artificial smearing techniques which are generally needed for the shock capturing methods are investigated.
The analysis of the transient convective mode combustion process in highly loaded granular bed of energetic solid propellant indicates a rapidly burning pressure front and an accelerating deflagration front. During the final stages of the burn, the velocity of this deflagration front is approximately 3 mm/(mu)s. However, this value is about 50% below the detonation velocity observed in confined bed DDT experiments. A detailed discussion is included which attempts to explain the limits of the theoretical model presented in this study. Assessments are also made regarding the validity of many of the constitutive laws utilized and the assumptions necessary for this analysis. The study concludes with suggestions which may improve the model to predict DDT.
Issue Date:1980
Description:162 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8108521
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-14
Date Deposited:1980

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