Visualization of blast waves created by exploding bridge wires

M. J. Murphy, R. J. Adrian, D. S. Stewart, G. S. Elliott, K. A. Thomas, J. E. Kennedy

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Blast waves created by small exploding bridge wires are used as a test bed for the development of a particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique that uses polymers, seeded with scattering particles, as dynamic witness plates. Combined with pulsed, incoherent schlieren photography, the PIV method permits visualization of the instantaneous velocity vector field in a plane cutting through the blast wave.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-135
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Visualization
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Exploding wires
  • Particle image velocimetry
  • Schlieren
  • Shock wave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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