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Shock and Vibration
Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 93-102

Reflected-Afterflow Virtual-Source Model Compared to Exact Calculations for Elastic Cylinders Attacked by Planar Waves

George V. Waldo Jr.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Bethesda, MD 20084-5000, USA

Revised 28 February 1996; Accepted 9 September 1996

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A recently developed theoretical approximation, the reflected-afterflow virtual-source (RAVS) model, is applied to the case of a planar shock wave attacking an elastic cylindrical shell. Calculations are shown to be in good agreement with the exact calculations that were published by Huang for all locations and times. It is concluded that the RAVS model gives a good approximation for the loading and response of an elastic cylindrical shell attacked by planar waves. The RAVS model is shown to be even better for spherical waves that are of much more practical interest.