The phenomena occurring during the impact of a fiat plate on a water surface are investigated both theoretically and experimentally. It is shown that, by taking the influence of the compressible air layer caught between the falling plate and the water surface properly into account, the experimental results can be fully explained. Numerical results showing the effects of falling mass, drop velocity, and plate dimensions on the maximum impact pressure are available.

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