Transverse ionizing MHD detonation waves. Part 2. Numerical simulation

Allan B. Friedland, Shimshon Frankenthal

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A numerical method for simulating the temporal evolution of an ionizing MHD detonation, is presented, together with flow profiles for various combinations of imposed magnetic field and ionization temperature in the limit of large downstream conductivity. The propagation speeds asymptotically approach the values predicted by the jump relations and the MHD Chapman–Jouguet condition. The downstream flow approaches a self-similar solution. The wave evolution is discussed for situations where the Chapman–Jouguet and jump relations admit either no solution or multiple solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-106
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Plasma Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1973


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