Mach stem


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Mach stem

[′mäk ‚stem]
(fluid mechanics)
A shock wave or front formed above the surface of the earth by the fusion of direct and reflected shock waves resulting from an airburst bomb. Also known as Mach front.
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Instead, the autoignition occurring behind the Mach stem at t = 12.45 ms is sufficient to trigger DDT and is only amplified by the second autoignition event occurring on the upper obstacle.
Again, the reason for this seeming paradox can be found in the particular structure of the leading shock front: on the bottom wall it is reflected via a Mach stem. Due to the lower speed of sound this causes a higher pressure rise on the bottom wall than on the top wall.
Further calculations showed that even if the hydrogen content on the bottom wall is reduced to zero, the maximum pressures observed there can still exceed those of the homogeneous mixture: the concentration gradient only needs to be strong enough to form a Mach stem. A simple method for predicting whether a detonation front in an inhomogeneous mixture develops a Mach stem can be found in [ 66].