Percolation of Gas and Attenuation of Shock Waves in Granular Beds

Theresa Davey

MSc thesis awarded by Institute of Shock Physics, Department of Physics, Imperial College London, UK

Date awarded: October 01, 2013

Supervised by: William G. Proud

Investigating gas flows through granular beds under shock conditions, using a shock tube in the Royal British Legion’s Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London, to create a propagating pressure pulse through various specifications of granular beds. The effects of a range of properties of granular beds on an incident blast wave were examined over a range of timescales, and experiments were con- ducted with shocks of different Mach numbers for comparison.