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STRUCTURE OF RADIATION-RESISTED SHOCK WAVES WITH VIBRATIONAL NONEQUILIBRIUM.
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF
The continuum equations of gasdynamics are used to study the effect of thermal radiation and vibrational nonequilibrium on the structure of a shock wave. Emphasis is on a description of the gasdynamic phenomena involved rather than on numerical results. For example, a Mollier diagram interpretation, useful for understanding radiation-resisted shock waves, is given. The principal results stem from an analysis of the singular-point structure far upstream and far down-stream in the flow. This analysis indicates in a heuristic fashion that a unique solution exists. It also shows that two parameters, a Mach number and the ratio of a radiation length to a relaxation length, primarily govern the qualitative behavior of the flow. Thus, for a specific range of values of these parameters, the vibrational energy overshoots its final equilibrium value. For a different range, a net amount of radiant energy is transferred from the hot gas behind the adiabatic shock to the gas far downstream. Author
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