Acceleration of a sphere behind planar shock waves

A. Britan, T. Elperin, O. Igra, J. P. Jiang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

41 Scopus citations


The paper presents the results of an investigation on the motion of a spherical particle in a shock tube flow. A shock tube facility was used for studying the acceleration of a sphere by an incident shock wave. Using different optical methods and performing experiments in two different shock tubes, the trajectory and velocity of a spherical particle were measured. Based upon these results and simple one-dimensional calculations, the drag coefficient of a sphere and shading effect of sphere interaction with a shock tube flow were studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-90
Number of pages7
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


Dive into the research topics of 'Acceleration of a sphere behind planar shock waves'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this