Shock Waves

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 397–407 | Cite as

Atomistic phenomena in dense fluid shock waves

  • Stefan Schlamp
  • Bryan C. Hathorn
Original Article


The shock structure problem is one of the classical problems of fluid mechanics and at least for non-reacting dilute gases it has been considered essentially solved. Here we present a few recent findings, to show that this is not the case. There are still new physical effects to be discovered provided that the numerical technique is general enough to not rule them out a priori. While the results have been obtained for dense fluids, some of the effects might also be observable for shocks in dilute gases.


Shock structure Anisotropy Molecular chaos Shock thickness Asymmetry factor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ETH Zürich, Institute of Fluid DynamicsZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Division of Computer Science and MathematicsOak Ridge National LaboratoriesOak RidgeUSA

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