Published: 2018-07-16

3D Problems of Rotating Detonation Wave in a Ramjet Engine Modeled on a Supercomputer

Valeriy F. Nikitin, Yurii G. Filippov, Lyuben I. Stamov, Elena V. Mikhalchenko


A rotating detonation engine (RDE) combustion chamber was modeled in the work numerically using 3D geometry. The RDE is a new type of engines capable to create higher thrust than the traditional ones, which are based on the combustible mixture deflagration process. In the numerical experiment, different scenarios of the engine performance were obtained. The calculations were made at a compact super-computer APK-5 with a peak performance of 5.5 Tera Flops.

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