The direct simulation of detonations

Patrick D. O'Connor, Lyle N. Long, James B. Anderson

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In this paper we review the status of the simulation of detonations using the direct simulation Monte Carlo method and report on progress in applications to the hydrogenchlorine system. Recent work with this stochastic approach has demonstrated successes in treating simple model systems, confirmed many of the details found in earlier analyses, and revealed new phenomena such as ultrafast detonations. Current efforts are directed toward simulations for fully realistic kinetic systems. These require a more elaborate and detailed treatment of dissociation and recombination reactions as well as energy exchanges involving many degrees of freedom and discrete vibrational levels. Initial results are encouraging and indicate such calculations are feasible for complex reaction systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)1563478188, 9781563478185
StatePublished - 2006
EventAIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference - Sacramento, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2006Jul 12 2006

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference


OtherAIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySacramento, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Energy(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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