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The Curious Events Leading to the Theory of Shock WavesWe review the history of the development of the modern theory of shock waves. Several attempts at an early-theory quickly collapsed for lack of foundations in mathematics and thermodynamics. It is not until the works of Rankine and later Hugoniot that a full theory is established. Rankine is the first to show that within the shock a non-adiabatic process must occur. Hugoniot showed that in the absence of viscosity and heat conduction conservation of energy implies conservation of entropy in smooth regions and a jump in entropy across a shock. Even after the theory is fully developed, old notions continue to pervade the literature well into the early part of the 20th Century.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Salas, Manuel D.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
September 4, 2006
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics And Thermodynamics
Meeting Information
Meeting: Shock Interaction Symposium
Location: Rome
Country: Italy
Start Date: September 4, 2006
End Date: September 8, 2006
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 599489.02.07.07
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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