Reliable and robust simulations of detonations in inhomogeneous and turbulent environments are of direct importance in the design of rotating detonation engines (RDEs). In particular, computational models will be especially useful in designing and optimizing discrete injectors that introduce fuel and air separately into the detonation chamber, but ensure appropriate level of mixing to sustain detonations but minimize backflow of detonation products and pressure waves into the feed plenums. Since the structure of detonations itself is non-ideal, models have to include a detailed description of this reacting flow in order to be predictive in nature. Here, a highly-scalable open source based solver has been developed for complex detonating flows such that a) the detonation processes are described using detailed chemical kinetics, b) the method is computationally efficient through the introduction of adaptive mesh refinement, and c) the solver can handle complex geometries of relevance to RDE design. Grid convergence of key metrics for detonations is evaluated using canonical flows. Further, the importance of the use of detailed chemical kinetics is illustrated by extracting the composition structure behind a two-dimensional detonation front. Finally, simulations of a practical RDE configuration are used to demonstrate the applicability of this solver to analyzing geometries. The simulation captures the general trends of the experiment well. It is found that the detonation occurs under partially-premixed conditions. Propagation of pressure waves to the injection system is observed which could influence flow behavior in the oxidizer plenum.

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