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Title: Off-center blast in a shocked medium

When multiple blasts occur at different times, the situation arises in which a blast wave is propagating into a medium that has already been shocked. Determining the evolution in shape of the second shock is not trivial, as it is propagating into air that is not only non-uniform, but also non-stationary. To accomplish this task, we employ the method of Kompaneets to determine the shape of a shock in a non-uniform media. We also draw from the work of Korycansky [1] on an off-center explosion in a medium with radially varying density. Extending this to treat non-stationary flow, and making use of approximations to the Sedov solution for the point blast problem, we are able to determine an analytic expression for the evolving shape of the second shock. Specifically, we consider the case of a shock in air at standard ambient temperature and pressure, with the second shock occurring shortly after the original blast wave reaches it, as in a sympathetic detonation.
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  1. New Mexico Tech., Socorro, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
SAND-2016-8212J; SAND-2017-3197J; SAND-2017-6941J
Journal ID: ISSN 0938-1287; 646842
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Shock Waves
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Shock Waves; Journal ID: ISSN 0938-1287
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; blast waves; Kompaneets equation; Korycansky solution; multiple burst; shock front; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; kompaneets equation; korycansky solution
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1333807; OSTI ID: 1411601