Volume 7, 2015Progress in Flight Physics – Volume 7
|Page(s)||437 - 452|
|Published online||08 June 2015|
A new configuration of irregular reflection of shock waves
Joint Institute for High Temperatures Russian Academy of Sciences 13-2 Izhorskaya Str., Moscow 125412, Russia
A new configuration of shock waves has been found in the reflection of shock waves in a stationary supersonic gas flow in addition to the wellknown regular and Mach reflections. This new three-shock configuration occurs with a negative angle of reflection and Mach numbers greater than 3 and an adiabatic index smaller than 1.4. It has been shown that this new configuration is unstable and leads to a radical change of the total flow pattern. The emergence of this new kind of instability can negatively affect operation of aircraft and rocket engines due to the failure of the flow to be as conventionally predicted.
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