Existence and uniqueness of the traveling front in premixed combustion of porous media

V. Gol'dshtein, N. Krapivnik

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We study a mathematical model of combustion processes in an inert porous media filled with a combustible gaseous mixture. We focus on the phenomenon of a combustion wave driven by a local pressure elevation. In this article, we are concerned with subsonic pressure-driven flames and with the case of a quadratic dependence of the friction force on the velocity of the gaseous mixture. After a suitable non-dimensionalization, the resulting mathematical model includes three nonlinear ordinary differential equations (ODEs). The system contains an unknown parameter V that represents the traveling wave speed. The existence of the traveling wave is proven in this study. It means that the parameter V can be chosen so that the corresponding phase trajectory satisfies the boundary conditions. Moreover, under reasonable assumptions about the monotonicity of the flame front, we prove the uniqueness of the pressure-driven wave.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-186
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Engineering Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2012


  • Porous media
  • Pressure-driven flame
  • Traveling wave solutions


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