The structure of a shock wave in air taking account of the kinetics of chemical reactions.
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A translation of a Russian article appearing in the September, 1960, issue of Inzhenerno-Fizicheskii Zhurnal. Applications are cited for the practical use of a formula for solving the problem of tem- perature distribution and the concentrations of the components of dissociating air in the nonequi- librium region beyond the steep leading edge of a shock wave in rarefied air. The study also analyzes the problems of the dissociation of oxygen and nitrogen, the dependence of the temperature in front of the wave on the velocity of the wave, and the density of the gas.
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