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Weakly Nonlinear Propagation in Thermoacoustic Engines: A Numerical Study of Higher Harmonics Generation up to the Appearance of Shock Waves

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Though thermoacoustic engines usually operate at high acoustic amplitude, they rarely exhibit strong deformation of the wavefront due to nonlinear propagation. It has however been demonstrated experimentally that obtaining shock waves in thermoacoustic engines is possible under specific conditions. This paper aims at presenting a simple description of the periodic steady-state operation of thermoacoustic engines describing the wave steepening process leading to shock wave formation. Results of numerical simulations are compared to experimental data in different engine configurations, and model improvements are proposed to reach a realistic description of the weakly nonlinear propagation in thermoacoustic engines.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2015

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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