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waveform perturbations os spherical transiet waves propagating in a random mediumOf those aspects of sonic-boom propagation that are not yet fully understood, one of the more important is that which relates to the perturbations of the waveform. This phenomenon, which arises also in connection with the propagation of other types of transient waves in real media, generally take the form, in the case of sonic-boom N-waves, of a random high-frequency structure (sometimes called fine structure) that is most prominent in the regions immediately behind each of the shocks. The perturbations in those regions can be large, occasionally attaining magnitudes comparable to that of th incident wave itself. Such magnitudes, in combination with the high-frequency character of the perturbations, can lead to a considerable increase in the perceived noisiness of the sonic boom. Waveform perturbations are consequently an important factor as regards the question of sonic-boom acceptability. On the basis of observations, and some early theoretical studies, it is now generally accepted that perturbations of sonic-boom waveforms are a manifestation of the effect on the propagating wave of relatively small-scale variations in the acoustic properties of the atmosphere- variations that are usually associated with turbulence. Although the mechanism underlying perturbations of sonic-boom waveforms seems thus to be well understood, no fully-satisfactory theory of such perturbations has emerged. Indeed, even for the relatively simple case of an incident step-function pulse, no theory of waveform perturbations, formulated in a realistic three-dimensional context, has been advanced that is valid in the region of strongest perturbations; viz., the region immediately behind, and including, the wave front. The work reported herein represents an attempt to develop such a theory.
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Conference Paper
Wenzel, Alan R.
(Virginia Consortium for Engineering and Science Hampton, VA United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1996
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Publication: The 1995 NASA High-Speed Research Program Sonic Boom Workshop
Volume: 1
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