On combustion waves driven by diffusion of pressure

I. Brailovsky, V. Goldshtein, I. Shreiber, G. Sivashinsky

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In gas filled porous media the local elevation of pressure slowly diffuses to the adjacent layers of gas inducing the rise in temperature there. In the case of explosive gases this mechanism may lead to the formation of a self-sustaining combustion wave propagating at a constant speed. It is argued that the barodiffusion may be responsible for the occurrence of the so-called high velocity regime often observed in filtration combustion. It is shown that the high velocity regime may emanate from the low velocity regime controlled by the system's thermal diffusivity. It is suggested that the effect may be related to the classical problem of deflagration-to-detonation transition in narrow pipes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-165
Number of pages21
JournalCombustion Science and Technology
Issue number1-6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997


  • Deflagration-to-detonation transition
  • Filtration combustion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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