Linear stability analysis of one-dimensional detonation coupled with vibrational relaxation

Ken Chun Kit Uy, Lisong Shi, Jiaao Hao, Chih Yung Wen

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The linear stability of one-dimensional detonations with one-reaction chemistry coupled with molecular vibration nonequilibrium is investigated using the normal mode approach. The chemical kinetics in the Arrhenius form depend on an averaged temperature model that consists of translational-rotational mode and vibrational mode. The Landau-Teller model is applied to specify the vibrational relaxation. A time ratio is introduced to denote the ratio between the chemical time scale and the vibrational time scale in this study, which governs the vibrational relaxation rate in this coupling kinetics. The stability spectrum of disturbance eigenmodes is obtained by varying the bifurcation parameters independently at a different time ratio. These parameters include the activation energy, the degree of overdrive, the characteristic vibrational temperature, and the heat release. The results indicate that the neutral stability limit shifts to higher activation energy on the vibrational nonequilibrium side with a smaller time ratio, implying that the detonation is stabilized. A similar observation is seen at a lower degree of overdrive. Compared with the above two parameters, the characteristic vibrational temperature plays a minor role in the stabilization of detonation, and no change in the number of eigenmodes is identified throughout the selected range. By plotting the neutral stability curves relating the heat release to the above parameters, the decreases in instability ranges are obviously seen under vibrational nonequilibrium. The thermal nonequilibrium effect on detonation stability is clearly demonstrated. The analysis presented in this paper is ultimately justified by comparing the results with numerical simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126101
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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