Communications in Mathematical Sciences

Volume 4 (2006)

Number 2

Quenching and propagation of combustion fronts in porous media

Pages: 471 – 479

(Fast Communication)



Peter Gordon


In this short note we study the model of subsonic detonation introduced by Sivashinsky. The model is described by the system of reaction-diffusion equations involving temperature, pressure and concentration of deficient reactant. It is shown that initial data with small support lead to quenching (decay of solution). In contrast, initial data with support large enough lead to propagation with finite velocity.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

Primary 35K57. Secondary 35B40, 76S05, 76V05, 80A25.

Published 1 January 2006