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Shock and Vibration
Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 89-102

Spherical Solutions of an Underwater Explosion Bubble

Andrew B. Wardlaw Jr.1 and Hans U. Mair2

1Naval Surface Warfare Center, Code 423, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, MD 20640-5035, USA
2Institute for Defense Analyses, Operational Evaluation Division, 1801 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1772, USA

Received 7 March 1997; Revised 25 February 1998

Copyright © 1998 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.


The evolution of the 1D explosion bubble flow field out to the first bubble minimum is examined in detail using four different models. The most detailed is based on the Euler equations and accounts for the internal bubble fluid motion, while the simplest links a potential water solution to a stationary, Isentropic bubble model. Comparison of the different models with experimental data provides insight into the influence of compressibility and internal bubble dynamics on the behavior of the explosion bubble.