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Structure of the heating layer ahead of the front of a strong intensely emitting shock wave


The problem of the structure and brightness of strong shock waves arises in the investigation of such phenomena as the motion of large meteoroids in the atmosphere, optical and electrical discharges, the development of strong explosions, and other similar processes and in the creation of powerful radiation sources based on them. This problem also has a general physics interest. As the propagation velocity of a strong shock wave increases the gas temperature behind its front and the role of emission grow. Part of the radiation emitted by the gas heated and compressed in a shock wave is absorbed ahead of the front, forming the so-called heating layer. The quasisteady structure of a strong intensely emitting shock wave was studied in [1, 2]. In this case a diffusional approximation and the assumption of a gray gas were used to describe the radiation transfer. They introduced the concept of a wave of critical amplitude, when the maximum temperature T- in the heating layer reaches the temperature Ta determined on the basis of the conservation laws, i.e., from the usual shock adiabat; it is shown that behind a compression shock moving through an already heated gas there is a temperature peak in which the maximum temperature T+ exceeds Ta. The problem of the quasisteady structure of an emitting shock wave in air of normal density was solved numerically in [3]. The angular distribution of the radiation was approximately taken into account — it was assigned by a simple cosinusoidal law. The spectral effects were taken into account in a multigroup approximation. They introduced 38 spectral intervals, which is insufficient to describe a radiation spectrum with allowance for the numerous lines and absorption bands.

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Translated from Zhurnal Prikladnoi Mekhaniki i Tekhnicheskoi Fiziki, No. 5, pp. 86–92, September–October, 1978.

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Nemchinov, I.V., Svettsov, V.V. & Shuvalov, V.V. Structure of the heating layer ahead of the front of a strong intensely emitting shock wave. J Appl Mech Tech Phys 19, 644–648 (1978).

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  • Shock Wave
  • Compression Shock
  • Diffusional Approximation
  • Spectral Interval
  • Physic Interest