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Metamaterial in supersonic

  1. Mar 9, 2014 #1
    Could we use something like carpet cloaking to reduce shockwave in supersonic or mach wave in transonic flight?

    Student in mechanical engineering
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  3. Mar 10, 2014 #2


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    Just curious... What is "Carpet cloaking" in this context?
  4. Mar 10, 2014 #3


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    Using mechanical engineering students as a carpet to shield from shock waves :-)
    At least that would stop them from designing highly CO2 emitting devices.

    More seriously: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamaterial_cloaking
    I suppose you can construct similar acoustical devices. However, I would guess that speed of sound has to be higher in them than the speed of the aircraft.
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