Article of the Day: Shock Waves

Article of the Day:
Shock Waves

A shock wave is created when a powerful explosion within a fluid forms a zone of extremely high pressure that propagates through the fluid faster than the speed of sound. A shock wave carries energy and can have destructive effects as it impinges on solid objects, but it decays rapidly as it moves further away from its point of origin and gradually changes into an ordinary sound wave. How does a shock wave differ from a sonic boom? More…:

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