What is a Shock Wave? —The View from the Atomic Scale

  • Brad Lee Holian
Part of the Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena book series (SHOCKWAVE)


It is easy to say that everything starts at the time and distance scale of atoms. Strong shock waves provide the most appropriate conditions under which to study processes at the atomistic level on the computer. In the last three decades, molecular-dynamics (MD) simulations have been applied to shock waves in gases, liquids, and solids. In the case of solids, the problem becomes more complicated because of defect structures, which have an intrinsically larger length scale than that of the mean atomic spacing. In sufficiently strong shocks, defects can be produced homogeneously. For weak shocks, they can be triggered as the wave interacts Witll pre-existing defects that serve as inhomogeneous nucleation sites.


Shock Wave Shock Front Atomic Scale Atomistic Simulation Distance Scale 
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