Development of perturbations in plane shock waves
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Investigation of the stability of plane shock waves as regards nonuniform perturbations was first performed by D'yakov . He obtained criteria for stability, and showed that perturbations grow exponentially with time in the case of instability. Iordanskii  has shown that in the case of stability, the perturbations are attenuated according to a power law. However, the stability criteria of  do not agree with the results of , Kontorovich  has explained the cause of the apparent discrepancies, and asserts the correctness of the criteria of . A power law for the attenuation of perturbations has also been obtained in [4,5] under a somewhat different formulation of the boundary conditions.
The Cauchy problem with perturbations is examined in §1 of this paper, results are obtained for cases of practical interest, and the asymptotic behavior is investigated.
In §2 the effect of a low viscosity on the development of perturbations is examined. It is shown that when t→∞ the amplitude of perturbations is attenuated mainly as exp(-αt), where α>0 does not depend on the form of the boundary conditions at the shock wave front. The results of §2 were used in processing the experimental data of , which made it possible to determine the viscosity of a number of substances at high pressure.
KeywordsViscosity Boundary Condition Experimental Data Mathematical Modeling Attenuation
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