Plane One-Dimensional Shock Waves

  • Jerry W. Forbes
Part of the Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena book series (SHOCKWAVE)


A plane one-dimensional shock wave goes from one stress and compression level (usually zero) to a higher stress and compression level in an almost discontinuous jump as a function of time as shown in Fig. 2.1. It can have a rise time (usually small fractions of a microsecond) to the front. It travels faster than the speed of sound in the medium ahead of the shock (George Duvall notes from shock wave class given at WSU, Personal communication, 1969) [1] (i.e. shock waves are supersonic).


Shock Wave Shock Front Shock Wave Front Shock Velocity Compression Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Energetics Technology CenterSt. CharlesUSA

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