shock tube


Definition of shock tube

: a usually enclosed tube in which experimental shock waves are produced as a result of the rupturing of a diaphragm separating two chambers containing a gas or gases at differential pressure

Examples of shock tube in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To test this theory, the scientists created a series of controlled chemical blasts in a five-foot-long, two-inch-wide tube called a turbulent shock tube to understand more about how explosions spontaneously ignite. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Big Bang Probably Happened Because of Turbulence," 4 Nov. 2019 Lance and a few members from her lab used blast simulation devices known as shock tubes to test the Tiny’s pressure gauges and other equipment in advance of the live explosives phase of the experiment. Evan Lubofsky, Smithsonian, "One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of shock tube

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Shock tube.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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