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Title: Propagation of acoustic shock waves between parallel rigid boundaries and into shadow zones

The study of acoustic shock propagation in complex environments is of great interest for urban acoustics, but also for source localization, an underlying problematic in military applications. To give a better understanding of the phenomenon taking place during the propagation of acoustic shocks, laboratory-scale experiments and numerical simulations were performed to study the propagation of weak shock waves between parallel rigid boundaries, and into shadow zones created by corners. In particular, this work focuses on the study of the local interactions taking place between incident, reflected, and diffracted waves according to the geometry in both regular or irregular – also called Von Neumann – regimes of reflection. In this latter case, an irregular reflection can lead to the formation of a Mach stem that can modify the spatial distribution of the acoustic pressure. Short duration acoustic shock waves were produced by a 20 kilovolts electric spark source and a schlieren optical method was used to visualize the incident shockfront and the reflection/diffraction patterns. Experimental results are compared to numerical simulations based on the high-order finite difference solution of the two dimensional Navier-Stokes equations.
Authors:
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  1. Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides et d’Acoustique, UMR CNRS 5509, École Centrale de Lyon, Université de Lyon, 69134 Ecully Cedex (France)
  2. European Center For Medium Range Weather Forecasts, United Kingdom Shinfield (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492653
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1685; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 20. international symposium on nonlinear acoustics, Ecully (France), 29 Jun - 3 Jul 2015, 2. international sonic boom forum, Ecully (France), 29 Jun - 3 Jul 2015; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; BENCH-SCALE EXPERIMENTS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DIFFRACTION; ELECTRIC SPARKS; MATHEMATICAL SOLUTIONS; NAVIER-STOKES EQUATIONS; REFLECTION; SHOCK WAVES; SOUND WAVES; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION; TWO-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; WAVE PROPAGATION