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On cylindrically converging shock waves shaped by obstacles
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore.
2008 (English)In: Physica D: Non-linear phenomena, ISSN 0167-2789, Vol. 237, no 14-17, 2203-2209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Motivated by recent experiments, numerical simulations of cylindrically converging shock waves were performed. The converging shocks impinged upon a set of 0-16 regularly space obstacles. For more than two obstacles the resulting diffracted shock fronts formed polygonal shaped patterns near the point of focus. The maximum pressure and temperature as a function of the number of obstacles were studied. The self-similar behavior of cylindrical, triangular and square-shaped shocks was also investigated.

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2008. Vol. 237, no 14-17, 2203-2209 p.
Keyword [en]
converging shock; Mach reflection; regular reflection; adaptive mesh refinement; overlapping structured grids
National Category
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-7432DOI: 10.1016/j.physd.2007.11.021ISI: 000258508000053ScopusID: 2-s2.0-47049118945OAI: diva2:12457
QC 20100707. Uppdaterad från Submitted till Published 20100707.Available from: 2007-08-31 Created: 2007-08-31 Last updated: 2010-07-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. On focusing of shock waves
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On focusing of shock waves
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Both experimental and numerical investigations of converging shock waves have been performed. In the experiments, a shock tube was used to create and study converging shock waves of various geometrical shapes. Two methods were used to create polygonally shaped shocks. In the first method, the geometry of the outer boundary of the test section of the shock tube was varied. Four different exchangeable shapes of the outer boundary were considered: a circle, a smooth pentagon, a heptagon, and an octagon. In the second method, an initially cylindrical shock wave was perturbed by metal cylinders placed in various patterns and positions inside the test section. For three or more regularly spaced cylinders, the resulting diffracted shock fronts formed polygonal shaped patterns near the point of focus. Regular reflection was observed for the case with three cylinders and Mach refection was observed for cases with four or more cylinders. When the shock wave is close to the center of convergence, light emission is observed. An experimental investigation of the light emission was conducted and results show that the shape of the shock wave close to the center of convergence has a large influence on the amount of emitted light. It was found that a symmetrical polygonal shock front produced more light than an asymmetrical shape.

The shock wave focusing was also studied numerically using the Euler equations for a gas obeying the ideal gas law with constant specific heats. Two problems were analyzed; an axisymmetric model of the shock tube used in the experiments and a cylindrical shock wave diffracted by cylinders in a two dimensional test section. The results showed good agreement with the experiments. The temperature field from the numerical simulations was investigated and shows that the triple points behind the shock front are hot spots that increase the temperature at the center as they arrive there.

As a practical example of shock wave focusing, converging shocks in an electrohydraulic lithotripter were simulated. The maximum radius of a gas bubble subjected to the pressure field obtained from the lithotripter was calculated and compared for various geometrical shapes and materials of the reflector. Results showed that the shape had a large impact while the material did not influence the maximum radius of the gas bubble.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2007. vii, 73 p.
Trita-MEK, ISSN 0348-467X ; 2007:06
converging shock, Euler equations, imploding shock, Mach reflection, regular reflection, shock focusing, shock tube
National Category
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4479 (URN)978-91-7178-741-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-09-21, F3, Valhallavägen 79, Stockholm, 10:15
QC 20100706Available from: 2007-08-31 Created: 2007-08-31 Last updated: 2010-07-06Bibliographically approved

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