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Spherical shock wave propagation in liquids

  1. Feb 20, 2009 #1
    Dear topic mates!

    I'm an electric engineer and physicist student from Hungary.

    I looking for description of the spherical shock wave propagation in liquids. I need a formula which give the relationship between the propagation velocity and time. Additionally, I wonder the pressure at the shock front. Can you help me, where can I find informations? If you have a book or printed article, wihich contain relevant infomation, copy it to here, please.

    Thanks, Bence
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  3. Feb 20, 2009 #2


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    Welcome to the PF. What course is this for? What is the context of the question?
  4. Feb 20, 2009 #3
    The formulas are need for explain experimental results. The investigated waves (acoustic wave or shock wave?) are induced by laser removed metal particle in water.

    I have already searched in articles and in books for the required function, but i can't find empirical formula.
  5. Feb 24, 2009 #4
    Hmm have you tried a self similar or 'Taylor' solution? I believe this is the the standard way to deal analytically with shocks. It's mainly used in air, but I can't recall a reason it wouldn't work in a liquid...
  6. Feb 24, 2009 #5


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    This reminds me of sonoluminescence research. Try:
    Walton, Alan J "Sonoluminescence", Advances in Physics 1984, Vol 33, No. 6, 595-660
    D. Felipe Gaitan et al, "Sonoluminescence and bubble dynamics for a single, stable cavitation bubble", J. Acoust. Soc. Am 91 (6), June 1992
    Flynn, H. G.; "Physics of acoustic cavitation in Liquids", Physical Acoustics Academic, NY 1964, Vol 1, Part B
  7. Mar 25, 2009 #6
    Hello Bpapdi,

    you can find the general treatment of underwater shock waves in the first chapters of the book by http://www.archive.org/details/underwaterexplos00cole" [Broken] It's an old book, but still very good, and it's free.
    A good review paper that describes propagation of shock waves in liquids is http://scitation.aip.org/getabs/servlet/GetabsServlet?prog=normal&id=JAPIAU000064000001000152000001&idtype=cvips&gifs=yes" [Broken]
    Laser induced underwater shock waves is a field in which http://www.bmo.uni-luebeck.de/index.php?id=vogel_pub" has quite some publications. I would also recommend to search for "water confined laser ablation".

    I hope this helps.
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