Structure of conical oblique detonation waves

P. G. Harris, R. Farinaccio, R. A. Stowe, R. Link, D. Alexander, L. Donahue, J. P. Sislian, B. Parent

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


The shock-induced combustion ramjet (shcramjet) has been proposed as an alternative to the conventional scramjet at high Mach numbers. Shcramjet combustion is based on oblique detonation wave processes. As such an in-depth understanding of the physics of these processes is important to shcramjet design. This paper presents the preliminary results of numerical simulations aimed at increasing our understanding of oblique detonation wave physics. The simulations are part of a larger program that also includes experimental validation using conical projectiles. In this paper, the effect of different mesh refinement levels and strategies on the location of the triple point, general stability and structure of an oblique detonation wave are evaluated for various Riemann solvers. A solver and mesh refinement strategy are identified for further simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781563479434
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • General Energy
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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