Experimental investigation of door dynamic opening caused by impinging shock wave

L. Biamino, G. Jourdan, C. Mariani, O. Igra, A. Massol, L. Houas

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To prevent damage caused by accidental overpressure inside a closed duct (e.g. jet engine) safety valves are introduced. The present study experimentally investigates the dynamic opening of such valves by employing a door at the end of a shock tube driven section. The door is hung on an axis and is free to rotate, thereby opening the tube. The evolved flow and wave pattern due to a collision of an incident shock wave with the door, causing the door opening, is studied by employing a high speed schlieren system and recording pressures at different places inside the tube as well as on the rotating door. Analyzing this data sheds light on the air flow evolution and the behavior of the opening door. In the present work, emphasis is given to understanding the complex, unsteady flow developed behind the transmitted shock wave as it diffracts over the opening door. It is shown that both the door inertia and the shock wave strength influence the opening dynamic evolution, but not in the proportions that might be expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalShock Waves
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2011


  • Dynamic opening
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Impinging shock wave
  • Shock wave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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