This may come as a shock, if you're moving fast enough.

Scientists are using supercomputers to get a better understanding of turbulent flows that interact with shock waves.

"We proposed that, instead of treating the shock as a discontinuity, one needs to account for its finite thickness as in real life which may be involved as a governing parameter in, for example, amplification factors," Donzis said.

The dominant theoretical framework for shock turbulence interactions goes back to the 1950s, developed by Herbert Ribner while at the University of Toronto, Ontario.

His work supported the understanding of turbulence and shocks interactions with a linear, inviscid theory, which assumes the shock to be a true discontinuity.

The entire problem can thus be reduced to something mathematically tractable, where the results depend only on the shock's Mach number, the ratio of a body's speed to the speed of sound in the surrounding medium.

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