Numerical study on early-times laser controlled detonative propulsion

Tomoyuki Sato, Andrea Alberti, Alessandro Munafò, Marco Panesi, Ken Matsuoka, Akira Kawasaki, Jiro Kasahara

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In this work we investigate applications of laser energy deposition for the control of deflagration-to-detonation transition and for the early stage propagation of flame in pulse detonation combustor. The plasma hydrodynamics are described by the system of chemically reactive Navier-Stokes equations and non-equilibrium effects are described with a two-temperatures model for heavy-particles and free-electrons. The non-equilibrium radiation model for the laser discharge is based on a kinetic approach for the photons (radiative transfer equation formulation). Inverse Bremsstrahlung, multi-photon ionization, breakdown chemical kinetics and shock wave dynamics are accounted for self-consistently. Preliminary simulations were performed for ethylene-oxygen mixture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781624106095
StatePublished - 2021
EventAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jan 11 2021Jan 15 2021

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
Volume1 PartF


ConferenceAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2021
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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