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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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The phasing of this compression wave was not changed with the backpressure, which was around 530[degrees]CA in all the cases.
Venant's principle, as contact starts the velocity of the contact end becomes immediately equals to the rigid mass velocity and right away a compression wave is created at the contact end and travels across the rod with velocity 'c'.
Once compression waves were generally covered, the slinky introduced the most important type of compression wave--sound.
s] axis can be treated as a one-dimensional problem similar to a longitudinal compression wave propagating through a bar of elastoviscous medium.
This, according to Goldman, compresses the comet, and the compression wave travels through the comet faster than the speed of sound.
The porosity, shear and compression wave velocities were measured in the lab and in simulated in situ conditions (Kern et al.
The difficulty, apparently, is not in the mechanics of the monopode's foot, which moves when a compression wave passes through it.
Engineers decided to focus on a program that relied on Pulse Echo (PE) compression wave transducers and Time of Flight Diffraction (TOFD) to generate high-resolution color graphic wall thickness maps of the riser section in question.
The wide spray pattern is enhanced by a unique compression wave generated by two impinging burner cans.
According to theoretical models, radiation from this star would drive a compression wave into the cloud triggering star formation in the interior, while evaporating the cloud's outer layers.