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A combustion wave of permanent form in a compressible gas


Forbes, LK and Derrick, W, A combustion wave of permanent form in a compressible gas, ANZIAM Journal, 43 pp. 35-58. ISSN 1442-4436 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S144618110001141X


A model is presented for describing the propagation of a one-dimensional wave of permanent form in a compressible gas in a pipe. Energy is lost to the system through the walls of the pipe, but the combustion wave produces heat through an exothermic chemical reaction. The full set of equations for the model is reduced to a phase-plane system, and it is shown that, for small amplitude waves, a weakly non-linear analysis leads to a temperature profile that is a classical solitary wave. A novel shooting method is developed for the full non-linear problem, and this confirms and extends the solitary-wave solution, up to a value of the temperature amplitude at which the wave begins to develop a shock. The jump conditions across the shock are presented, and numerical integration is used to continue the solution for temperature amplitudes at which a shock is present. An example is given of the extreme situation in which the shock is so strong that all the fuel behind the shock is exhausted. © 2001 Australian Mathematical Society.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Physical chemistry
Research Field:Reaction kinetics and dynamics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
UTAS Author:Forbes, LK (Professor Larry Forbes)
ID Code:21217
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Mathematics
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-20

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