Simulation of supersonic reacting hydrocarbon flows with detailed chemistry

Scott G. Sheffer, Luigi Martinelli, Antony Jameson

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This paper presents a parallel multigrid method for computing inviscid and viscous high speed steadystate flows with reacting hydrocarbons. The governing equations for reactive flow are solved using an explicit multigrid algorithm while treating the chemical source terms in a point implicit manner. The CUSP (Convective Upwind and Split Pressure) scheme is used to provide necessary artificial dissipation without contaminating the solution. This explicit method yields excellent parallel speedups, thus enabling the calculation of reactive flows with detailed chemical kinetics including large numbers of species and reactions. Results indicate good multigrid speedups and adequate resolution of the reaction zone in inviscid and viscous two-dimensional hydrogen/ air and methane/air test cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1997 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jul 6 1997Jul 9 1997


Other33rd Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering


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