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Bow Wave

A slang term for the initial shock of a change decreed by upper management. The term has a slightly negative connotation, but the situation is usually considered to be temporary.
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Following the cease of contact, the wave is reflected from the contact end as compression wave and periodic cycles start with a period equals to [tau].
Environmental Protection Agency and the Richard Huberts Innovation Award for its Compression Wave Injection(TM) (CWI) technology.
Tests have shown that Compression Wave Injection technology may reduce hydrocarbon emissions by as much as 70 percent as well as improving fuel economy by 30 percent in two-cycle engines.
Various combinations of shear and compression waves ensure good penetration to the pipe ID and a high signal to noise ratio.
He covers nuclear fission and fusion reactions, the thermonuclear plasma, collision processes in thermonuclear plasmas, shock and compression waves, thermonuclear ignition and burn, ignition by fission explosives, non-fission ignition, thermonuclear lenses and shaped charges, the significance of thermonuclear micro-explosions for fundamental research, recent developments, and the future.
The fast waves indicate membrane porosity, while slow compression waves show membrane defects.
Compression waves alternately compress and release rocks in the direction the waves are moving (similar to the air compression we hear as sound).
Seismic vibrations travel both in push-pull compression waves and side-to-side shear waves.
Seismic refraction/reflection methods are used to measure travel-times of compression waves traveling through the subsurface.
The compression waves radiate like waves from a pebble dropped in a pond, causing a rolling rumble.