Transonic shocks in divergent nozzles

4 February 2010
One of important subjects in the study of transonic flow is to understand a global structure of flow through a convergent-divergent nozzle so called a de Laval nozzle. Depending on the pressure at the exit of the de Laval nozzle, various patterns of flow may occur. As an attempt to understand such a phenomenon, we introduce a new potential flow model called 'non-isentropic potential flow system' which allows a jump of the entropy across a shock, and use this model to rigorously prove the unique existence and the stability of transonic shocks for a fixed exit pressure. This is joint work with Mikhail Feldman.
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