Shock Waves

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 39–53 | Cite as

Blast wave mitigation by dry aqueous foams

  • E. Del Prete
  • A. ChinnayyaEmail author
  • L. Domergue
  • A. Hadjadj
  • J.-F. Haas
Original Article


This paper presents results of experiments and numerical modeling on the mitigation of blast waves using dry aqueous foams. The multiphase formalism is used to model the dry aqueous foam as a dense non-equilibrium two-phase medium as well as its interaction with the high explosion detonation products. New experiments have been performed to study the mass scaling effects. The experimental as well as the numerical results, which are in good agreement, show that more than an order of magnitude reduction in the peak overpressure ratio can be achieved. The positive impulse reduction is less marked than the overpressures. The Hopkinson scaling is also found to hold particularly at larger scales for these two blast parameters. Furthermore, momentum and heat transfers, which have the main dominant role in the mitigation process, are shown to modify significantly the classical blast wave profile and thereafter to disperse the energy from the peak overpressure due to the induced relaxation zone. In addition, the velocity of the fireball, which acts as a piston on its environment, is smaller than in air. Moreover, the greater inertia of the liquid phase tends to project the aqueous foam far from the fireball. The created gap tempers the amplitude of the transmitted shock wave to the aqueous foam. As a consequence, this results in a lowering of blast wave parameters of the two-phase spherical decaying shock wave.


Blast wave Mitigation Aqueous foams Multiphase Modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Del Prete
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Chinnayya
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. Domergue
    • 2
    • 3
  • A. Hadjadj
    • 1
  • J.-F. Haas
    • 2
  1. 1.CORIA CNRS UMR 6614Site Universitaire du MadrilletSaint-Etienne du RouvrayFrance
  2. 2.CEA, DAM, DIFArpajon CedexFrance
  3. 3.CEA, DAMLe RipaultMontsFrance

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