What would happen if you were to accelerate one end of a material, say a steel rod for instance, at faster per second than the speed of sound in that material?
For example, if the speed of sound in steel is 6100m/s, what would happen if you pushed the end of that piece of steel at more than 6100m/s/s?
This only occurred to me because I heard that the speed of sound is the speed an impulse travels through a material, and I was wondering if there could be some sort of limit to acceleration which would arise from this.
I appologize in advance if I'm comparing apples with irrelevant oranges. Thanks!