Research

Supersonic Bullet

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This video shows a CFD simulation of a bullet passing through a parallel channel at Mach 2. The simulation captures 3 milliseconds of real-time and shows the Mach number in the top view and the temperature in the bottom view. Note how the bow shock near the front of the bullet and the trailing shock behind it reflect off the walls of the channel and interact. Even though the calculation is inviscid, the shock waves cause intense heating (white) in front of and behind the bullet.

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