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A novel semi-annular shock tube is realized by combining the advantageous features of two types of existing facilities for generating cylindrically converging shock waves. A high-speed schlieren photography is used to acquire the variation of shock positions versus the time and the evolution of a single-mode gaseous interface subjected to the cylindrical shock. The first experimental results indicate that the semi-annular configuration brings great convenience for interface formation and flow visualization, and the new facility has great potential for cylindrically converging Richtmyer-Meshkov instability studies.


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