Accession Number:

AD0608430

Title:

SHOCK STRUCTURE IN A PARTIALLY IONIZED GAS

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE FLUID MECHANICS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1964-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

81.0

Abstract:

The one-dimensional, steady state structure of a shock wave in a partially ionized gas is investigated using the Navier-Stokes equations for the atom, electron, and ion fluids. The plasma is assumed quasi-neutral without a change in ionization across the shock. An experimental measurement in partially ionized hydrogen of the variation of potential in a strong shock gives a shock thickness and a potential rise across the imbedded shock in good agreement with the calculated values.

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE