JETP Letters

, Volume 90, Issue 1, pp 25–31 | Cite as

Stability and ambiguous representation of shock wave discontinuity in thermodynamically nonideal media

  • A. V. Konyukhov
  • A. P. Likhachev
  • V. E. Fortov
  • S. I. Anisimov
  • A. M. Oparin
Plasma, Gases


The nonlinear analysis of the behavior of a shock wave on a Hugoniot curve fragment that allows for the ambiguous representation of shock wave discontinuity has been performed. The fragment under consideration includes a section where the condition L > 1 + 2M is satisfied, which is a linear criterion of the instability of the shock wave in media with an arbitrary equation of state. The calculations in the model of a viscous heat-conductive gas show that solutions with an instable shock wave are not implemented. In the one-dimensional model, the shock wave decays into two shock waves or a shock wave and a rarefaction wave, which propagate in opposite directions, or can remain in the initial state. The choice of the solution depends on the parameters of the shock wave (position on the Hugoniot curve), as well as on the form and intensity of its perturbation. In the two-dimensional and three-dimensional calculations with a periodic perturbation of the shock wave, a “cellular” structure is formed on the shock front with a finite amplitude of perturbations that does not decrease and increase in time. Such behavior of the shock wave is attributed to the appearance of the triple configurations in the inclined sections of the perturbed shock wave, which interact with each other in the process of propagation along its front.

PACS numbers

47.40.-x 64.10.+h 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Konyukhov
    • 1
  • A. P. Likhachev
    • 1
  • V. E. Fortov
    • 1
  • S. I. Anisimov
    • 2
  • A. M. Oparin
    • 3
  1. 1.Joint Institute for High TemperaturesRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Landau Institute for Theoretical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovka, Moscow regionRussia
  3. 3.Institute for Computer Aided DesignRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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