The high pressure shock tube consists of a long cylindrical vessel (7 m long and 52 mm internal diameter for the driven section). It is equipped with several diagnostics for shock waves characterization, auto-ignition measurements and species monitoring

Dimensions :

  • Driver section: 2 m long, 114 mm internal diameter
  • Driven section: 5 m long, 52 mm internal diameter

Pressure / Temperature :

  • 40 bar / 130°C


This facility is operated since 1990 and is dedicated to the measurements of auto-ignition delay times,  High temperature chemistry, soot formation characterization for the validation of detailed and reduced kinetic mechanisms.

Related publications :
– N. Chaumeix (2019) Kinetic Shock Tubes: Recent Developments for the Study of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Chemical Processes. In: Sasoh A., Aoki T., Katayama M. (eds) 31st International Symposium on Shock Waves 1. ISSW 2017. Springer, Cham,
– A. Comandini, G. Pengloan, S. Abid, N. Chaumeix (2016). Experimental and modeling study of styrene oxidation in spherical reactor and shock tube, Combust. and Flame, 173, 425-440.
– A. Comandini, T. Dubois, N. Chaumeix, (2014). “Autoignition of n-decane/n-butylbenzene/n-propylcyclohexane mixtures and the effects of the exhaust gas recirculation”, Combustion Science and Technology 186 (10-11), 1536-1551.
– A. Comandini , T. Dubois , S. Abid, N. Chaumeix (2014). “Comparative study on cyclohexane and decalin oxidation”, Energy & Fuels 28 (1), 714-724,
– N. Chaumeix, S. Pichon, F. Lafosse, C.-E. Paillard, (2007). “Role of chemical kinetics on the detonation properties of hydrogen /natural gas/air mixtures”, international Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 32 (13), 2216-2226,