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Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

Analytic computations of nonideal corrections to blast wave overpressure predictions at high altitudes

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[1] In this paper, the effects of temperature, pressure, winds, moisture, and molecular content on the propagation of blast waves at high altitudes are investigated. These cause refractions and attenuations which modify the recorded ground overpressures from the ideal predictions. By coupling these effects together, the nonideal corrections to the overpressures are estimated by applying approximations which are dependent on the angle of propagation of the blast wave.

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