A Caltech Library Service

Blast Waves and Explosions Sound generation by explosive decompression of an airplane

Shepherd, J. E. and Hornung, H. G. (2005) Blast Waves and Explosions Sound generation by explosive decompression of an airplane. In: Shock Waves. Springer , Berlin, pp. 973-978. ISBN 978-3-540-22497-6.

Full text is not posted in this repository. Consult Related URLs below.

Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


We examine sound generation by the explosive decompression of a pressurized airplane in flight. The near-field is numerically computed by assuming the sudden removal of an axial section of an idealized, streamlined, cylindrical fuselage with an external flow simulating flight. After an initial transient period, we find a nearly circular blast wave with a leading shock strength that is highest in the direction of motion and decreasing rapidly as the observer moves to the rear of the airplane. Geometric acoustics (ray tracing) is used to estimate the attenuation of the wave as it propagates through a model atmosphere to observers on the ground. The audibility of the event is examined in the case of the TWA 800 accident and compared to previous analyses.

Item Type:Book Section
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription ReadCube access
Shepherd, J. E.0000-0003-3181-9310
Hornung, H. G.0000-0002-4903-8419
Alternate Title:Sound generation by explosive decompression of an airplane
Additional Information:© 2005 Tsinghua University Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Subject Keywords:Shock Tube; Blast Wave; Sound Generation; Sonic Boom; Lead Shock Wave
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20200304-093102338
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:101700
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:04 Mar 2020 20:15
Last Modified:16 Nov 2021 18:05

Repository Staff Only: item control page