PROPAGATION OF A STRONG DISCONTINUITY IN AN INHOMOGENEOUS ATMOSPHERE.
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In this paper is presented a hydrodynamic calculation of a strong discontinuity in an inhomogeneous atmosphere. It is found that after a finite time the shock front diverges toward infinity. It is shown that, no matter how severe the discontinuity may be, no strong shock wave may be propagated below a distance greater than 16.5 km. The velocity and pressure in the propagating shock wave are determined as functions of time. Conversion formulas are given for various energies and heights of the discontinuity. The regions of validity of the formulas are indicated. Author
- Fluid Mechanics