Initiation and sustaining mechanisms of stabilized Oblique Detonation Waves around projectiles

Shinichi Maeda, Satoshi Sumiya, Jiro Kasahara, Akiko Matsuo

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Direct initiations and stabilizations of three-dimensional conical detonation waves were attained by launching spheres with 1.06-1.31 times the C-J velocities into detonable mixtures. We conducted high time-resolution Schlieren visualizations of the whole processes over unsteady initiations to stable propagations of the stabilized Oblique Detonation Waves (ODWs) using a high-speed camera. The detonable mixtures were stoichiometric oxygen mixtures with acetylene, ethylene or hydrogen. They were diluted with argon in a 50% volumetric fraction, and a 75% diluted mixture was also tested for the acetylene/oxygen. The direct initiation of detonation by the projectile and the DDT process like the re-initiation appeared in the initiation process of stabilized ODW. This process eventually led to the stabilized ODW supported by the projectile velocity and the ringed shape detonation wave originating in the re-initiation. We modeled the spatial evolution of stabilized ODW after the re-initiation based on its C-J velocity and angle. The model qualitatively reproduced the measured development rate of stabilized ODW. We also discussed about the detonation stability for the curvature effect arising from the three-dimensional nature of stabilized ODW around the projectile. The curvature effect attenuated the detonation wave below its C-J velocity at the vicinity of projectile. The propagation limits of curvature effect will be responsible for the criticality to attain the stabilized ODWs. By accessing the detailed distributions of propagation velocities and curvature radiuses, the critical curvature radiuses normalized by the cell sizes experimentally revealed to be 8-10 or 15-18 for mixtures diluted with each 50% argon or 75% argon/krypton.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1973-1980
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Detonation initiation
  • High-speed camera
  • Hypersonic projectiles
  • Oblique Detonation Waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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