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Diffraction of a weak shock with vortex generation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 March 2006

Nicholas Rott
Affiliation:
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Abstract

The region of finite vorticity near the edge of a diffracting wedge is investigated. Dimensional analysis gives the dependence of the circulation and the velocity of the vortex region on the pulse strength. A close estimate of the magnitude of the magnitude of these quantities is obtained by replacing the vortex region by a single concentrated vortex. The theoretical conditions at the sharp edge are discussed and compared with observations of real fluid behaviour. A short account of the theory of the core of the spiral vortex sheet in a perfect fluid is appended.

The research reported herein was supported by the United States Air Force, through the Office of Scientific Research of the Air Research and Development Command.

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© 1956 Cambridge University Press

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