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Gasdynamic wave interaction in two spatial dimensions

  • S. R. SANDERSON (a1) (a2)

We examine the interaction of shock waves by studying solutions of the two-dimensional Euler equations about a point. The problem is reduced to linear form by considering local solutions that are constant along each ray and thereby exhibit no length scale at the intersection point. Closed-form solutions are obtained in a unified manner for standard gasdynamics problems including oblique shock waves, Prandtl–Meyer flow and Mach reflection. These canonical gas dynamical problems are shown to reduce to a series of geometrical transformations involving anisotropic coordinate stretching and rotation operations. An entropy condition and a requirement for geometric regularity of the intersection of the incident waves are used to eliminate spurious solutions. Consideration of the downstream boundary conditions leads to a formal determination of the allowable downstream matching criteria. By retaining the time-dependent terms, an approach is suggested for future investigation of the open problem of the stability of shock wave interactions.

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Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • ISSN: 0022-1120
  • EISSN: 1469-7645
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-fluid-mechanics
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