Numerical study on reflection of an oblique detonation wave on an outward turning wall

Kuanliang Wang, Zijian Zhang, Pengfei Yang, Honghui Teng

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Oblique detonation waves (ODWs) have been studied widely as the basis of detonation-based hypersonic engines, but there are few studies on ODWs in a confined space. This study simulates ODW reflection on a solid wall before an outward turning corner for a simplified combustor-nozzle flow based on a two-step kinetic model. Numerical results reveal three types of ODW structures: stable, critical, and unstable. When the reflection occurs at the turning point, the stable ODW structure remains almost the same as before reflection. When the wave reflects at the wall before the turning point, either the critical structure or the unstable structure arises, which has never been investigated before. Both structures have the same initial two-section detonation surface: but the critical one becomes stationary at a certain position, while the unstable one keeps traveling upstream. By adjusting the location of the expansion wave and degree of the turning angle, the difference of the two structures is attributed to the thermal choking appearing only in the unstable structure. The thermal choking is achieved by the merging of subsonic zones, whose dependence on the various parameters is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046101
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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