Riemann shock tube: 1D normal shocks in air, simulations and experiments Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014 Taylor & Francis. This paper presents numerical simulation of the evolution of one-dimensional normal shocks, their propagation, reflection and interaction in air using a single diaphragm Riemann shock tube and validate them using experimental results. Mathematical model is derived for one-dimensional compressible flow of viscous and conducting medium. Dimensionless form of the mathematical model is used to construct space-time finite element processes based on minimization of the space-time residual functional. The space-time local approximation functions for space-time p-version hierarchical finite elements are considered in higher order Hk,p(ext) spaces that permit desired order of global differentiability of local approximations in space and time. The resulting algebraic systems from this approach yield unconditionally positive-definite coefficient matrices, hence ensure unique numerical solution. The evolution is computed for a space-time strip corresponding to a time increment t and then time march to obtain the evolution up to any desired value of time. Numerical studies are designed using recently invented hand-driven shock tube (Reddy tube) parameters, high/low side density and pressure values, ighand low-pressure side shock tube lengths, so that numerically computed results can be compared with actual xperimental measurements.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Surana, K. S., Reddy, K., Joy, A. D., & Reddy, J. N.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Surana, KS||Reddy, KPJ||Joy, AD||Reddy, JN

publication date

  • June 2014