Reactive and Nonreactive Waves

  • Roger Prud’homme
Part of the Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (FMIA, volume 94)


In this chapter, we will tackle various questions by referring to the thermodynamic discussions of Sect. 2.5.

We start in Sect. 10.1 with the notion of shock waves and their propagation. Nonreactive compressible media can exhibit macroscopic discontinuities of differing intensities. Thus, a supersonic fluid flow can give rise to shock waves, leading to a sharp increase in pressure.


Shock Wave Mach Number Detonation Wave Blast Wave Characteristic Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Jean Le Rond d’AlembertUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie and CNRSParis Cedex 05France

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