The Reflection of Cylindrical Shock Wave Segments on Cylindrical Wall Segments

  • Bright Ndebele
  • B. Skews
Conference paper


The reflection of a two-dimensional cylindrical shock wave segment on a concave-cylindrical wall segment was investigated from an experimental and numerical perspective. The images obtained from experiment show no qualitative difference between cylindrical shock behavior and how a plane shock would behave in terms of the features developed. The length of the shock’s Mach stem was plotted against subtending angle. Two limits are highlighted, one where the shock’s radius is much larger than the wall’s radius and another where the wall has the larger radius: the former being akin to a plane shock interacting with a cylindrical wall segment. The increase in initial shock Mach number was observed to affect the type of Mach reflection that is formed as well as the transition point to a transitioned Mach reflection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bright Ndebele
    • 1
  • B. Skews
    • 1
  1. 1.Flow Research UnitUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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