28/04/2017 Engineering Physics
DOI: 10.1142/S1758825117500375 SemanticScholar ID: 125940433 MAG: 2608150747

Pressure Wave in Liquid Generated by Pneumatic Pistons and Its Interaction with a Free Surface

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Numerical analysis of a pressure wave generated in a liquid Pb upon impact of the pneumatic pistons and its interaction with a free surface has been performed for the geometry and parameters of the plasma compression system prototype constructed by General Fusion Inc. Stress wave developing in the hammer–anvil piston assembly is first simulated using high-fidelity structural mechanics research code, then propagated through the liquid Pb with several solvers within OpenFOAM® software and also with nonlinear acoustics in-house code based on the Westervelt equation. In the current system, a pressure wave transmitted into the liquid Pb is characterized by a complex temporal double peak structure and strong spatial amplitude variation. An imprint of discrete pulses remains detectable during the entire propagation of the combined wave. An excellent agreement between the results produced with different numerical codes is obtained. Nonlinear effects associated with equation of state are found to be significant at...

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Dr. Eldad Avital

Queen Mary University of London - Reader in Computational (& Experimental) Fluids and Acoustics

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