On a stabilization mechanism for low-velocity detonations

Aliou Sow, Roman E. Semenko, Aslan R. Kasimov

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We use numerical simulations of the reactive Euler equations to analyse the nonlinear stability of steady-state one-dimensional solutions for gaseous detonations in the presence of both momentum and heat losses. Our results point to a possible stabilization mechanism for the low-velocity detonations in such systems. The mechanism stems from the existence of a one-parameter family of solutions found in Semenko et al. (Shock Waves, vol. 26 (2), 2016, pp. 141-160).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-553
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • compressible flows
  • detonations
  • nonlinear instability


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