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Whip waves

Abstract:

The sound created by a whip as it cracks is produced by a mini-sonic boom created by a supersonic motion of the end of the whip. To create such a motion, one sends an impulse to the handle of the whip that travels to the end and accelerates the tip to supersonic speed. The impulse which creates a whip crack is studied as a wave travelling along an elastic rod. The whip is modeled as an inextensible, unshearable, inhomogeneous planar elastic rod. A crack is produced when a section of the whip ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Mathematical Inst
Volume:
184
Issue:
1-4
Pages:
192-225
Publication date:
2003-10-01
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ISSN:
0167-2789
URN:
uuid:34bf8339-b802-4f30-b560-499ce2f974ac
Source identifiers:
188732
Local pid:
pubs:188732

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