Oblique detonation waves are possible ignition mechanisms for scramjet engines. Results from a numerical study of the effects of changing the inflow pressure on oblique detonation wave structure for supersonic flow of a stoichiometric hydrogen-air mixture over a flat plate followed by a ramp are presented. Viscous effects and finite-rate chemistry are considered. Inflow pressure is varied from 0.1 to 1 atmosphere for Mach 4 inflow over a 30-degree ramp. Also, the effect of wall heat transfer rate is examined by comparing adiabatic wall, and constant temperature wall solutions. A separation bubble forms at the intersection of the flat plate and the ramp. The bubble size is a maximum for an inflow pressure of 0.5 atm. Increased inflow pressure strengthens and steepens the shock wave. The bubble size is smaller for the adiabatic wall case than it is for the constant wall temperature condition. Oblique detonation waves occur for the higher inflow pressure cases for both wall temperature conditions.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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01 Jan 1996