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The Center for Physical and Power Electronics at The University of Missouri-Columbia and Applied Research Associates have recently developed an experimental test stand for the purposes of studying the interaction of shock waves with plasmas in air. The test stand includes a robust 20 cm diameter pneumatic shock tube capable of producing a consistent shock wave. Concurrently, an atmospheric-air plasma is produced to interact with the wave front produced by the shock tube. The shock wave is formed by rupturing a Mylar film diaphragm separating the pressurized driver section from the unpressurized driven section of the tube. For temporal reproducibility, an exploding wire is used to rupture the diaphragm.
Pulsed Power Conference (PPC), 2011 IEEE
Date of Conference: 19-23 June 2011