Bleakney Shock Tube

Bleakney Shock Tube

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Walter Bleakney (1902-1992) was a professor of physics at Princeton who worked on the ionization of gases. In 1940 he started what became the Princeton University station of the National Defense Research Council. As part of this World War II work, Bleakney studied the damage caused by various shock waves, using a device that became known as a shock tube.
Ref: R. J. Emrich, “Walter Bleakney and the Development of the Shock Tube at Princeton,” Shock Waves 5 (1996): 327-339.
“Walter Bleakney,” Physics Today (Sept. 1993): 80.
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shock tube
overall: 4 3/4 in x 54 in x 6 in; 12.065 cm x 137.16 cm x 15.24 cm
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