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A bomb blast is shaped by the objects in its path

December 19, 2013

A bomb blast creates a powerful shock wave that is affected by the objects in its path. Inside a city, buildings near the blast origin can reflect and diffract the waves, resulting in a complex pattern of pressure impacts. In general, the denser the environment, the more severe the damage is to the target and buildings in the immediate vicinity of the blast.

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Complex blast wave reflections in a dense urban environment:positive pressure indicated by black, negative by white; buildings represented by green squares and rectangles
 

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