Imaging perturbed shock propagation in powders. Academic Article uri icon


  • A novel experimental methodology is presented to study the deviatoric response of powders in shock regimes. The powders are confined to a cylindrical wedge volume, and a projectile-driven shock wave with a sinusoidally varying front propagates through the powder. The perturbed shock wave exhibits a damping behavior due to irreversible processes of viscosity and strength (deviatoric) of the powder with propagation through increasing powder thicknesses. The inclined surface of the wedge is polished and coated to establish a diffuse surface suitable for reflecting incident laser light into a high-speed camera imaging at 5 MHz. Images of the contrast loss upon shock wave arrival at the observation surface are post-processed for qualitative and quantitative information. New data of shock damping behavior with parameters of perturbation wavelength and initial shock strength are presented for powders of copper, tantalum, and tungsten carbide as well as their mixtures. We present the first full-field images showing additional spatial disturbances on the perturbed shock front that appear dependent on particle material and morphology.

published proceedings

  • Rev Sci Instrum

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Cooper, M. A., Sapp, A. W., Guo, S., & Vogler, T. J.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Cooper, MA||Sapp, AW||Guo, S||Vogler, TJ

publication date

  • January 2020