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Progressive wave equations and algorithms for sonic boom propagationRaspet, Bass, and others have carried out a number of studies of sonic boom propagation using algorithms that can be traced back to a 1973 doctoral thesis written by Pestorius at the University of Texas. The algorithm was originally set forth without a formal derivation from a governing set of partial differential equations. Perusal of Pestorius's report and of subsequent reports from the Texas nonlinear accoustics group suggests that such a derivation has not yet appeared in the archival literature. The author and his colleagues, on the other hand, have been working with an explicit set of approximate partial differential equations analogous to Burgers' equation. The present paper traces through the pertinent statements in the Pestorius reports and shows that the derived algorithm, at least in the limit of sufficiently short steps, is equivalent to the numerical solution of a similar (and nearly equivalent) explicit set of partial differential equations. The tying-together of the two approaches is important because it is possible that some of the basic ideas embodied in the Pestorius algorithm may be incorporated in other contexts where more nearly general models of sonic boom propagation through realistic atmospheres are to be solved numerically.
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Pierce, Allan D.
(Pennsylvania State Univ. University Park, PA, US, United States)
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August 16, 2013
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January 1, 1993
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Publisher: Noise Control Foundation
ISSN: 0736-2935
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