Shock Waves

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 267–275

Shock Hugoniot for Biological Materials

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00193-006-0030-5

Cite this article as:
Nagayama, K., Mori, Y., Motegi, Y. et al. Shock Waves (2006) 15: 267. doi:10.1007/s00193-006-0030-5


This paper presents shock Hugoniot compression data for several bio-related materials by using flat plate impact experiments. Shock pressure covered in this study ranges at least up to 1 GPa. It is emphasized here that spatial and temporal uniformity of pressure distribution behind a shock wave front is very important and it can be realized in these materials by the impact method, and their precise shock propagation characteristics have been obtained by the application of the procedure developed previously by our group. Hugoniot measurements for different and systematic data for various samples are compared with shock Hugoniot curve for water. Samples used in the experiment include water gel of gelatin, NaCl aqueous solution, and finally chicken breast meat. Several samples with different initial density were used for gelatin and NaCl solution. Shock Hugoniot function for all the specimens tested can be summarized as

us=A+Bup, B ~ 2

Value of the intercept of the relationship, A, which has the meaning of the sound velocity, is apparently dependent on the material and ambient temperature. Physical meanings of the obtained results have been discussed.


Shock detection Total internal reflection High-pressure shock wave Optical method Laser surgery Microsurgery Bio-related materials 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Faculty of EngineeringKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Computer and Communication Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringFukuoka Institute of TechnologyFukuokaJapan

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