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Electrical Generation of Imploding Shock Waves

  • R. S. Dennen
  • L. N. Wilson

Abstract

Imploding shock waves have been generated by electrically exploding thin metallic films from the inner surface of glass cylinders. Preliminary measurements of the resulting shock motion show close agreement with the predictions of constant-energy similarity analyses. In contrast to the exploding shock wave, the imploding wave appears to be inherently unstable. While irregularities in the surface of the wave are evident, particularly near the implosion center, Schlieren photographs showed a fairly symmetrical wave structure.

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© Plenum Press New York 1962

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. S. Dennen
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. N. Wilson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Armour Research FoundationIllinois Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.Fluid Dynamics and Propulsion DivisionUSA

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