Fundamental Aspects of the Coupling of Non-Equilibrium Vibrational Kinetics and Dissociation-Recombination Processes with the Boundary Layer Fluidynamics in N2 and Air Hypersonic Flows

  • I. Armenise
  • M. Capitelli
  • C. Gorse
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 482)


A ladder climbing model including V-V (vibration-vibration), V-T (vibration-translation) energy exchange processes linked to a dissociation recombination kinetics has been developed and inserted in the fluid dynamics equations describing the boundary layer surrounding a non-catalitic surface hilted by an hypersonic flow of atomic and vibrationally excited molecular nitrogen.

The results show a strong overpopulation of vibrational levels with respect to Boltzmann distributions along the coordinate perpendicular to the surface and a corresponding non-Arrhenius behaviour of dissociation constants.

The extension of the model to the air system confirm the strong non-equilibrium character of the relevant kinetics even though the reaction between vibrationally excited nitrogen and atomic oxygen controls both N2 dissociation and NO formation


Boundary Layer Dissociation Constant Vibrational Level Hypersonic Flow Arrhenius Behaviour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Armenise
    • 1
  • M. Capitelli
    • 1
  • C. Gorse
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro di Studio per la Chimica dei Plasmi del CNR and Department of ChemistryUniversity of BariItaly

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