Solutions of the imploding shock problem in a medium with varying density

Itamar Giron, Shmuel Balberg, Menahem Krief*

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We consider the solutions of the Guderley problem, consisting of an imploding strong shock wave in an ideal gas with a power law initial density profile. The self-similar solutions, and, specifically, the similarity exponent that determines the behavior of the accelerating shock, are studied in detail, for cylindrical and spherical symmetries and for a wide range of the adiabatic index and the spatial density exponent. We then demonstrate how the analytic solutions can be reproduced in Lagrangian hydrodynamic codes, thus demonstrating their usefulness as a code validation and verification test problem.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number066105
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2021

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