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Shock propagation into inhomogeneous media Strachan, James D.


The propagation of a shock wave into a general inhomo-geneous flow field is studied. The equations for the shock velocity through such a region are developed in a general manner. A consequence of these equations is the development of the shock wave as a probe into unknown flow fields. The shock velocity is measured and the initial parameters ahead of the shock are calculated. The unique advantage of the shock probe is that it does not perturb the gas ahead of the front. An experimental application is described in which the shock probe is used to analyze the unknown flow field created by a constricted arc light source. The flow field is subsequently identified as a radiation front at the Chapman-Jouguet point.

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