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Does a pyroshock force distribute in a system?

  1. Apr 15, 2014 #1
    Does a shock wave have a finite value that can be shared within a system?

    For example, if I explode a some dynamite (~10000 G) under a car as a shock test, does the force of the shock wave enter the car and affect some parts more than others?

    Can I say that the steering wheel absorbed X amount of energy, the tires got Y amount, and the engine block Z amount?
     
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  3. Apr 16, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    A shock wave is a pressure wave.
    It is produced by a finite amount of energy therefore it carries finite energy.
    So sure - different parts of an object may absorb part of the wave - they will also reflect and diffract the wave.
     
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