On the Propagation of Planar Blast Waves Through Nonuniform Channels

  • J. T. Peace
  • F. K. Lu
Conference paper


The propagation of shock waves through nonuniform channels with slowly varying cross sections has been studied analytically from the 1950s.



Sound speed, m/s


Channel cross-sectional area, \(\mathrm{m}^{2}\)


Mach number


Pressure, \(\mathrm{N}/\mathrm{m}^{2}\)


\(\partial p / \partial t + \rho a \partial u / \partial t\), kg/m-s\(^3\)


Time coordinate, s


Velocity, m/s


Shock wave velocity, m/s


Axial coordinate, m

\(\alpha \)

Coefficient function

\(\beta \)

Coefficient function

\(\gamma \)

Ratio of specific heats

\(\rho \)

Density, \(\mathrm{kg}/\mathrm{m}^{3}\)



Initial or undisturbed gas state


Property on the shock


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. T. Peace
    • 1
  • F. K. Lu
    • 1
  1. 1.Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering DepartmentAerodynamics Research Center, University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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