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  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Volume 171
  • October 1986, pp. 519-545

Numerical shock propagation using geometrical shock dynamics

  • W. D. Henshaw (a1) (a2), N. F. Smyth (a1) (a3) and D. W. Schwendeman (a1)
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A simple numerical scheme for the calculation of the motion of shock waves in gases based on Whitham's theory of geometrical shock dynamics is developed. This scheme is used to study the propagation of shock waves along walls and in channels and the self-focusing of initially curved shockfronts. The numerical results are compared with exact and numerical solutions of the geometrical-shock-dynamics equations and with recent experimental investigations.

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