Blast Waves Produced by Exploding Wires

  • Koichi Oshima


This paper is concerned mainly with the cylindrical blast wave produced by a wire explosion. In order to obtain a strong blast wave, the wire was exploded in a shock chamber evacuated to various low pressures. Density distributions of air were observed with a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The processes of formation and propagation as well as the internal structure of the blast wave were analyzed.


Mach Number Shock Front Blast Wave Rarefaction Wave Planar Flow 
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    K. Oshima, “Blast Waves Produced by Exploding Wire,” Aero Res. Inst., University of Tokyo, Rep. 358, July, 1960.Google Scholar
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    A. Sakurai, in “Exploding Wires,” Vol. 1, W.A. Chace and H. K. Moore [eds.], Plenum Press, New York, 1959, p. 264.Google Scholar
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    R.H. Lewis, (Private communication, to be published in AEDC Rep.).Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press New York 1962

Authors and Affiliations

  • Koichi Oshima
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  1. 1.Engineering CenterUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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