Shock Waves

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 457–468 | Cite as

Detonation driver for enhancing shock tube performance

  • F. K. Lu
  • D. R. Wilson
Original Paper


The development of a shock-induced detonation driver for enhancing the performance of a shock tube is described. The detonation wave is induced by the expansion of helium or air. Various gaseous fuel-oxidizer combinations are examined. This method produces a detonation wave which propagates downstream that transitions into a shock wave in the driven section. High-enthalpy flows with a maximum total temperature of 4200 K and a maximum total pressure of 34 atm in the driven tube are achieved. The problems of achieving the so-called perfectly-driven mode as well as those of inadequate fuel-oxidizer mixing are discussed.


Shock tube Detonation driver High enthalpy 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aerodynamics Research Center, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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