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Effect of shock wave risetime on material ejection from aluminum surfaces

Description: The effect of shock wave risetime on material ejection in aluminum has been studied for loading stresses of 21 GPa. Uniform loading was accomplished with plate impact techniques by mounting specimens on a ramp wave generator. Projectile impact on one side of the wave generator produced a wave which dispersed with propagation distance. This wave was then made incident to an aluminum specimen, so that the specimen experienced non-shock loading. It was found that mass ejection from aluminum surfaces can be reduced by over two orders of magnitude relative to shock loading conditions by accelerating the surface with a wave risetime greater than about 35 ns. These results suggest an explanation for the apparent discrepancies which are sometimes observed in mass ejection measurements utilizing either plate impact or electron beam deposition to generate stress waves.
Date: September 15, 1977
Creator: Asay, J.R.
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Sandia National Laboratories shock thermodynamics applied research (STAR) facility

Description: The Sandia National Laboratories Shock Thermodynamics Applied Research (STAR) Facility has recently consolidated three different guns and a variety of instrumentation capabilities into a single location. The guns available at the facility consist of a single-stage light gas gun, a single-stage propellant gun and a two-stage light gas gun, which cover a velocity range from 15 m/s to 8 km/s. Instrumentation available at the facility includes optical and microwave interferometry, time-resolved holography, fast x-radiography, framing and streak photography, fast multi-wavelength pyrometry, piezoelectric and piezoresistive gauges and computer data reduction. This report discusses the guns and instrumentation available at the facility and selected recent applications.
Date: August 1, 1981
Creator: Asay, J.R.
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Use of time-resolved wave profile techniques for dynamic material property measurements -- Review and prospects for the future

Description: Shock wave techniques have become a standard tool for studying the high pressure dynamic response of materials. An important advance in this field is the development of techniques for making detailed measurements of the time-resolved wave structure in shock and release waves. These techniques began with the development of stress wave gauges in the early 1960s and have evolved into a variety of high-resolution techniques being used in present shock physics applications. This paper provides a brief review of the development and use of time-resolved interferometer techniques for studying the high pressure dynamic response of materials. Applications of these techniques include studies of the initial compressive yield response of materials, plastic viscosity occurring during shock compression, measurements of compressive and tensile yield strength after passage of strong shock waves, and measurements of the kinetic properties of phase transitions. Dynamic material properties obtained from these measurements are important in developing predictive material models important to Science Based Stockpile Stewardship and in validating the equation of state and constitutive response of material models being used in a variety of applications. Examples are given which illustrate the importance of these measurements in current weapon physics and in other non-weapon applications. Prospects for extending these techniques for use with pulsed radiation sources, such as z pinch accelerators, are also discussed.
Date: February 1998
Creator: Asay, J. R.
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Isentropic Compression Experiments on the Z Accelerator

Description: This paper provides a brief review of experimental techniques for producing dynamic isentropic compression of samples to pressures of several hundred GPa. Traditional gun launch techniques include use of buffer plates, such as fused silica, that exhibit negative curvature to their stress-strain response and graded-density impactors. Graded-density impactors have been used to study isentropic compression of specimens to pressures exceeding 2 Mbar on high-impedance materials. A recent development includes the use of the Sandia Z Accelerator to produce magnetic compression in planar specimens to pressures of a few hundred kbar over time scales of 100 ns. These techniques have been successfully applied to isentropic compression of iron to 300 kbar and copper to 130 kbar. The iron results indicate that it is possible to study the polymorphic phase change that occurs at 130 kbar and also the kinetic properties of the transformation. The copper results indicate that with further improvements in progress it should be possible to measure continuous isentropic compression curves in materials of interest to pressures exceeding 1 Mbar. The Z accelerator is limited to peak currents of about 20 MA. By reconfiguring the anode-cathode geometry it should be possible to obtain constant current density and thus driving pressure to about 3 Mbar. The next generation accelerator referred to as ZX, which is being proposed will have the capability to generate currents to 50 MA and resulting peak pressures to 15 Mbar.
Date: June 16, 1999
Creator: Asay, J.R.
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Model for estimating the effects of surface roughness on mass ejection from shocked materials

Description: A statistical model is presented for estimating the effects of surface roughness on mass ejection from shocked surfaces. In the model, roughness is characterized by the total volume of defects, such as pits, scratches and machine marks, on a surface. The amount of material ejected from these defects during shock loading can be estimated by assuming that jetting from surface depressions is the primary mode of ejection and by making simplifying assumptions about jetting processes. Techniques are discussed for estimating the effects of distribution in defect size and shape, and results are presented for several different geometries of defects. The model is used to compare predicted and measured ejecta masses from six different materials. Surface defects in these materials range from pits and scratches on polished surfaces to prepared defects such as machined or porous surfaces. Good agreement is achieved between predicted and measured results which suggests general applicability of the model.
Date: October 1, 1978
Creator: Asay, J R & Bertholf, L D
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Time-resolved wave profile measurements in copper to Megabar pressures

Description: Many time-resolved techniques have been developed which have greatly aided in the understanding of dynamic material behavior such as the high pressure-dynamic strength of materials. In the paper, time-resolved measurements of copper (at shock-induced high pressures and temperatures) are used to illustrate the capability of using such techniques to investigate high pressure strength. Continuous shock loading and release wave profiles have been made in copper to 93 GPa using velocity interferometric techniques. Fine structure in the release wave profiles from the shocked state indicates an increase in shear strength of copper to 1.5 GPa at 93 GPa from its ambient value of 0.08 GPa.
Date: January 1, 1981
Creator: Chhabildas, L C & Asay, J R
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Use of Z-pinch sources for high-pressure shock wave studies

Description: In this paper, we will discuss the use of z-pinch sources for shock wave studies at multi-Mbar pressures. Experimental plans to use the technique for absolute shock Hugoniot measurements are discussed. Recent developments have demonstrated the use of pulsed power techniques for producing intense radiation sources (Z pinches) for driving planar shock waves in samples with spatial dimensions significantly larger than possible with other radiation sources. Initial indications are that using Z pinch sources for producing Planckian radiation sources in secondary hohlraums can be used to drive shock waves in samples with diameters to a few millimeters and thickness approaching one millimeter in thickness. These dimensions provides the opportunity to measure both shock velocity and the particle velocity behind the shock front with accuracy comparable to that obtained with gun launchers. In addition, the peak hohlraum temperatures of nearly 150 eV that are now possible with Z pinch sources result in shock wave pressures approaching 45 Mbar in high impedance materials such as tungsten and 10-15 Mbar in low impedance materials such as aluminum and plastics. In this paper, we discuss the use of Z pinch sources for making accurate absolute EOS measurements in the megabar pressure range.
Date: January 1, 1998
Creator: Konrad, C.H.; Asay, J.R. & Hall, C.A.
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Development of a cryogenic EOS capability for the Z Pulsed Radiation Source: Goals and accomplishments of FY97 LDRD project

Description: Experimental cryogenic capabilities are essential for the study of ICF high-gain target and weapons effects issues involving dynamic materials response at low temperatures. This report describes progress during the period 2/97-11/97 on the FY97 LDRD project ``Cryogenic EOS Capabilities on Pulsed Radiation Sources (Z Pinch)``. The goal of this project is the development of a general purpose cryogenic target system for precision EOS and shock physics measurements at liquid helium temperatures on the Z accelerator Z-pinch pulsed radiation source. Activity during the FY97 LDRD phase of this project has focused on development of a conceptual design for the cryogenic target system based on consideration of physics, operational, and safety issues, design and fabrication of principal system components, construction and instrumentation of a cryogenic test facility for off-line thermal and optical testing at liquid helium temperatures, initial thermal testing of a cryogenic target assembly, and the design of a cryogenic system interface to the Z pulsed radiation source facility. The authors discuss these accomplishments as well as elements of the project that require further work.
Date: March 1, 1998
Creator: Hanson, D.L.; Johnston, R.R. & Asay, J.R.
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Cryogenic capability for equation-of-state measurements on the Sandia Z pulsed radiation source

Description: Experimental cryogenic capabilities are essential for the study of ICF high-gain target and weapons effects issues involving dynamic materials response at low temperatures. The authors are developing a general purpose cryogenic target system for precision radiation driven EOS and shock physics experiments at liquid helium temperatures on the Sandia Z pulsed radiation source. Cryogenic sample cooling in the range of 6--30 K is provided by a liquid helium cryostat and an active temperature control system. The cryogenic target assembly is capable of condensing liquid deuterium samples from the gas phase at about 20 K, as well as cooling solid samples such as beryllium and CH ablators for ICF. The target assembly will also include the capability to use various shock diagnostics, such as VISAR interferometry and fiber-optic-coupled shock breakout diagnostics. They are characterizing the thermal and optical performance of the system components in an off-line cryogenic test facility and have designed an interface to introduce the cryogenic transfer lines, gas lines, and sensor cables into the Z vacuum section. Survivability of high-value cryogenic components in the destructive post-implosion environment of Z is a major issue driving the design of this cryogenic target system.
Date: February 1, 1998
Creator: Hanson, D.L.; Johnston, R.R. & Asay, J.R.
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Analysis of Radiation-Driven Explosive Flyers

Description: There is great interest in being able to use the x-ray output from a Z-pinch for equation of state measurements at extreme conditions. However, the direct x-ray output form the pinch produces a very sharp and rapidly attenuating pressure pulse in target materials. To obtain high quality measurements with this source, a mechanism for generating non-attenuating waves is needed. One possibility involves using the x-ray source to throw a near-normal density intermediate drive at the target, a situation similar to more conventional configurations. To scope out preliminary design parameters, they used the ALEGRA code to simulate a number of different possibilities involving the driver and the gap between it and the target. They used a somewhat idealized radiation source--a main x-ray pulse 30 ns long at its base and peaking at a blackbody temperature of 100 eV. The calculations suggest that a 100-micron aluminum driver with a 90-micron gap will yield a 15-ns-wide non-attenuating pulse with an amplitude of over 250 GPa.
Date: July 19, 1999
Creator: Lawrence, R.J.; Asay, J.R.; Trucano, T.G. & Hall, C.A.
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The use of high velocity launchers for scientific and engineering studies

Description: Shockwave techniques have been used for decades to study the dynamic states of matter in temperature and pressure regimes inaccessible by other methods. These techniques have been employed in a wide variety of scientific, military, and commercial applications. A principal scientific objective has been to determine high-pressure equations of state (EOS) to ultra-high pressures; pressures of tens of Mbar have been reported for several materials. Most recently, these methods have been used for studies of thermophysical properties under shock compression, including phase transition kinetics, and mechanical properties, such as the high-pressure yield strength. In this paper, a brief discussion of recent developments in high velocity launchers is given. Advances in techniques for subjecting materials to a wide range of loading conditions is presented, including selected illustrations of shockwave measurements to Mbar pressures. 54 refs.
Date: January 1, 1991
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Chhabildas, L.C. & Furnish, M.D.
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Z-Pinch Driven Isentropic Compression for Inertial Fusion

Description: The achievement of high gain with inertial fusion requires the compression of hydrogen isotopes to high density and temperatures. High densities can be achieved most efficiently by isentropic compression. This requires relatively slow pressure pulses on the order of 10-20 nanoseconds; however, the pressure profile must have the appropriate time. We present 1-D numerical simulations that indicate such a pressure profile can be generated by using pulsed power driven z pinches. Although high compression is calculated, the initial temperature is too low for ignition. Ignition could be achieved by heating a small portion of this compressed fuel with a short (-10 ps) high power laser pulse as previously described. Our 1-D calculations indicate that the existing Z-accelerator could provide the driving current (-20 MA) necessary to compress fuel to roughly 1500 times solid density. At this density the required laser energy is approximately 10 kJ. Multidimensional effects such as the Rayleigh-Taylor were not addressed in this brief numerical study. These effects will undoubtedly lower fuel compression for a given chive current. Therefore it is necessary to perform z-pinch driven compression experiments. Finally, we present preliminary experimental data from the Z-accelerator indicating that current can be efficiently delivered to appropriately small loads (- 5 mm radius) and that VISAR can be used measure high pressure during isentropic compression.
Date: February 1, 1999
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Hall, C.A.; Holland, K.G.; Slutz, S.A.; Spielman, R.B. & Stygar, W.A.
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Use of Z-pinch radiation sources for high-pressure shock wave studies

Description: The authors are developing a new shock wave diagnostic using Z pinch sources for high-pressure equation of state (EOS) measurements. Specifically, they are employing VISAR interferometry to measure the particle velocity of shocked materials and fiber optic probes to measure the shock speed. Combination of these measurements will allow absolute EOS data with Z accelerators. This report is a progress report on the development of this new approach to EOS measurements; however, preliminary data obtained with the diagnostics are encouraging. With further development of Z pinch sources, it is envisioned that a variety of EOS and constitutive property measurements can be made. Time-resolved wave profile measurements will then provide a variety of EOS and material property data, such as isentropic EOS, initial compressive strength and shock-induced compressive strength, dynamic tensile strength, kinetics of phase transitions, and surface stability studies.
Date: August 1998
Creator: Asay, J. R.; Konrad, C. H.; Hall, C. A.; Trott, W. M.; Chandler, G. A.; Fleming, K. J. et al.
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Use of Z pinch radiation sources for high pressure shock wave studies

Description: Recent developments in pulsed power technology demonstrate use of intense radiation sources (Z pinches) for driving planar shock waves in samples with spatial dimensions larger than possible with other radiation sources. Initial indications are that the use of Z pinch sources can be used to produce planar shock waves in samples with diameters of a few millimeters and thicknesses approaching one half millimeter. These dimensions allow increased accuracy of both shock velocity and particle velocity measurements. The Z pinch radiation source uses imploding metal plasma induced by self-magnetic fields applied to wire arrays to produce high temperature x-ray environments in vacuum hohlraum enclosures. Previous experiments have demonstrated that planar shock waves can be produced with this approach. A photograph of a wire array located inside the vacuum hohlraum is shown here. Typically, a few hundred individual wires are used to produce the Z pinch source. For the shock wave experiments being designed, arrays of 120 to 240 tungsten wires with a diameter of 40 mm and with individual diameters of about 10 {micro}m are used. Preliminary experiments have been performed on the Z pulsed radiation source to demonstrate the ability to obtain VISAR measurements in the Z accelerator environment. Analysis of these results indicate that another effect, not initially anticipated, is an apparent change in refractive index that occurs in the various optical components used in the system. This effect results in an apparent shift in the frequency of reflected laser light, and causes an error in the measured particle velocity. Experiments are in progress to understand and minimize this effect.
Date: August 1, 1998
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Konrad, C.H.; Hall, C.A.; Trott, W.M.; Chandler, G.A.; Holland, K.G. et al.
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The "Z" Pulsed Radiation Source: Recent Developments in Equation of State Measurement Capabilities

Description: The Sandia Z machine is a source of intense radiation which can be used to drive ablative shocks for equation of state studies. In developing the capability to diagnose these types of studies on Z, techniques commonly used in conventional impact generated experiments were leveraged. The primary diagnostic transferred was velocity interferome~, VLSAR, [1] which not only provides Hugoniot particle velocity measurements, but also indications of shock stability and wave attenuation. In addition to a VISAR capability on the Z machine, methods for measuring shock velocity have been developed. When these measured parameters are used in conjunction with the Rankine-Hugoniot jump conditions, [2] material response at high temperatures and pressures can be inferred. With sample sizes used on Z being much smaller than those fielded in typical impact experiments, temporal resolution and methods of interfacing the diagnostics with the targets had to be improved. In this paper, a "standard" equation of state experiment, associated diagnostics, and some recent results in aluminum and beryllium will be discussed.
Date: October 13, 1998
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Chandler, G.; Clark, B.; Fleming, K.; Hall, C.A.; Holland, K. et al.
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Z: A Fast Pulsed Power Generator for Ultra-High Magnetic Field Generation

Description: Advances in fast, pulsed-power technologies have resulted in the development of very high current drivers that have current rise times - 100 ns. The largest such pulsed power drive r today is the new Z accelerator located at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Z is capable of delivering more than 20 MA with a time-to-peak of 105 ns to low inductance (- 1 nH)loads. Such large drivers are capable of directly generating magnetic fields approaching 3 kT in small, 1 -cm3, volumes. In addition to direct field generation, Z can be used to compress an applied, axial seed field with a plasma. Flux compression scheme~: are not new and are, in fact, the basis of all explosive flux-compression generators but we propose the use of plasma armatures rather than solid, conducting armatures. We will present experimental results from the Z accelerator in which magnetic fields - 2 kT are generated and measured with several diagnostics. Issues such as energy loss in solid conductors and dynamic response of current-carrying conductors to very large magnetic fields will be reviewed in context with Z experiments. We will describe planned flux-compression experiments that are expected to create the highest-magnitude uniform-field volumes yet attained in the laboratory.
Date: November 4, 1998
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Bailey, J.E.; Bernard, M.A.; Hall, C.A.; McDaniel, D.H.; Spielman, R.B. et al.
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Isentropic Compression of LX-04 on the Z Accelerator

Description: Three sets of LX-04 samples of 0.18 and 0.49 mm nominal thicknesses were all dynamically loaded by Sandia's Z-accelerator with a ramp compression wave with a 200 ns rise time and about 150 kb peak stress. The LX-04/lithium fluoride samples interface velocities were measured using VISAR's. Comparisons of experimental and computational results will be given. Compression and release isentropes both show some reaction and kinetic behavior of the LX-04. Experiments were also performed on fine-grained TATB. Future experiments on single crystals of HMX that are designed to measure the phase transition at high pressures will be discussed.
Date: June 7, 2001
Creator: Reisman, D.B.; Forbes, J.W.; Tarver, C.M.; Garcia, F.; Cauble, R.C.; Hall, C.A. et al.
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Isentropic Compression of Iron with the Z Accelerator

Description: Development of isentropic loading techniques is a long standing goal of the shock physics community. The authors have used the Sandia Z Accelerator to produce smoothly increasing pressure loading on planar iron specimens over time durations of 100 ns and for pressures to 300 Mbar. Free surface velocity measurements on the rear surface of the continuously loaded specimens were made on specimens 0.5-mm and 0.8-mm thick and clearly show the effects of wave evolution into the well known two-wave structure resulting from the {alpha}-{var_epsilon} phase transition beginning at 125 kbar. The resulting wave profiles are analyzed with a rate-dependent, phase transition model to extract information on phase transformation kinetics for isentropic compression of iron. Comparison of the experiments and calculations demonstrate the value of isentropic loading for studying phase transition kinetics.
Date: June 10, 1999
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Bernard, M.A.; Hall, C.A.; Hayes, D.B.; Holland, K.G.; McDaniel, D.H. et al.
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Dispersive Velocity Measurements in Heterogeneous Materials

Description: In order to provide real-time data for validation of three dimensional numerical simulations of heterogeneous materials subjected to impact loading, an optically recording velocity interferometer system (ORVIS) has been adapted to a line-imaging instrument capable of generating precise mesoscopic scale measurements of spatially resolved velocity variations during dynamic deformation. Combining independently variable target magnification and interferometer fringe spacing, this instrument can probe a velocity field along line segments up to 15 mm in length. In high magnification operation, spatial resolution better than 10 {micro}m can be achieved. For events appropriate to short recording times, streak camera recording can provide temporal resolution better than 0.2 ns. A robust method for extracting spatially resolved velocity-time profiles from streak camera image data has been developed and incorporated into a computer program that utilizes a standard VISAR analysis platform. The use of line-imaging ORVIS to obtain measurements of the mesoscopic scale dynamic response of shocked samples has been demonstrated on several different classes of heterogeneous materials. Studies have focused on pressed, granular sugar as a simulant material for the widely used explosive HMX. For low-density (65% theoretical maximum density) pressings of sugar, material response has been investigated as a function of both impact velocity and changes in particle size distribution. The experimental results provide a consistent picture of the dispersive nature of the wave transmitted through these samples and reveal both transverse and longitudinal wave structures on mesoscopic scales. This observed behavior is consistent with the highly structured mesoscopic response predicted by 3-D simulations. Preliminary line-imaging ORVIS measurements on HMX as well as other heterogeneous materials such as foam and glass-reinforced polyester are also discussed.
Date: December 1, 2000
Creator: Trott, W.M.; Castaneda, J.N.; O'Hare, J.J.; Baer, M.R.; Chhabildas, L.C.; Knudson, M.D. et al.
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Use of Z-Pinch Techniques for Equation of State Applications

Description: A principal goal of the shock physics program at Sandia is to establish a capability to make accurate equation of state (EOS) measurements on the Z pulsed radiation source. The Z accelerator is a source of intense x-ray radiation, which can be used to drive ablative shocks for EOS studies. With this source, ablative multi shocks can be produced to study materials over the range of interest to both weapons and ICF physics programs. In developing the capability to diagnose these types of studies on Z, techniques commonly used in conventional impact generated experimental were implemented. The primary diagnostic presently being used for this work is velocity interferometry, VISAR, which not only provides Hugoniot particle velocity measurements, but also measurements of non-shock EOS measurements, such as isentropic compression. In addition to VISAR capability, methods for measuring shock velocity have also been developed for shock studies on Z. When used in conjunction with the Rankine- Hugoniot jump conditions, material response at high temperatures and pressures can be inferred. Radiation in the Z accelerator is produced when approximately 18 MA are passed through a cylindrical wire array typically 20 to 50 mm in diameter and 10 to 20 mm in height. 200-300 wires with initial diameters on the order of 8 to 20 micron form, upon application of the current, a plasma shell, which is magnetically imploded until it collapses and stagnates on axis, forming a dense plasma emitter in the shape of a column, referred to as a" z pinch". The initial wire array and subsequent plasma pinch are confined within a metallic can, referred to as a primary hohlraum, which serves as both a current return path and a reflective surface to contain the radiation. Attached to openings in the primary hohlraum wall are smaller tubes referred to as secondaries. ...
Date: November 11, 1998
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Bernard, M.A.; Clark, B.; Fleming, K.J.; Hall, C.A.; Hauer, A. et al.
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Thin Foil Acceleration Method for Measuring the Unloading Isentropes of Shock-Compressed Matter

Description: This work has been performed as part of the search for possible ways to utilize the capabilities of laser and particle beams techniques in shock wave and equation of state physics. The peculiarity of these techniques is that we have to deal with micron-thick targets and not well reproducible incident shock wave parameters, so all measurements should be of a high resolution and be done in one shot. Besides the Hugoniots, the experimental basis for creating the equations of state includes isentropes corresponding to unloading of shock-compressed matter. Experimental isentrope data are most important in the region of vaporization. With guns or explosive facilities, the unloading isentrope is recovered from a series of experiments where the shock wave parameters in plates of standard low-impedance materials placed behind the sample are measured [1,2]. The specific internal energy and specific volume are calculated from the measured p(u) release curve which corresponds to the Riemann integral. This way is not quite suitable for experiments with beam techniques where the incident shock waves are not well reproducible. The thick foil method [3] provides a few experimental points on the isentrope in one shot. When a higher shock impedance foil is placed on the surface of the material studied, the release phase occurs by steps, whose durations correspond to that for the shock wave to go back and forth in the foil. The velocity during the different steps, connected with the knowledge of the Hugoniot of the foil, allows us to determine a few points on the isentropic unloading curve. However, the method becomes insensitive when the low pressure range of vaporization is reached in the course of the unloading. The isentrope in this region can be measured by recording the smooth acceleration of a thin witness plate foil. With the mass of the foil ...
Date: July 21, 1999
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Chhabildas, L.C.; Fortov, V.E.; Kanel, G.I.; Khishchenko, K.V.; Lomonosov, I.V. et al.
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Equation-of-State Measurements with Z-Pinch Sources

Description: Validation of material models in a variety of scientific and technological applications requires accurate data regarding the high-pressure thermodynamic and mechanical properties. Traditional laboratory techniques for striking these measurements involve light gas guns to generate the required thermodynamic states, and the use of high-resolution time-resolved diagnostics to measure the desired material properties. EOS and constitutive material properties of importance to modeling needs include high-pressure Hugoniot curves and off-Hugoniot properties, such as. material strength and isentropic compression and decompression [1]. Conventional light gas guns are limited to impact pressures of about 7 Mbar in high-impedance materials. Pulsed radiation sources, such as high-intensity lasers, and pulsed power techniques significantly extend the accessible pressures and are becoming accepted methods for meeting the needs of material models in regimes inaccessible by gas guns. A present limitation of these new approaches is that samples must necessarily be small, typically a few tens of microns in thickness, which severely limits the accuracy of EOS measurements that can be made and also the ability to perform a variety of off-Hugoniot measurements. However, recent advances in z-pinch techniques for high-pressure material response studies provide potential opportunities for achieving accuracies comparable with gas guns because of the significantly larger samples that can be studied. Sample thicknesses approaching 1 mm may be possible with advances presently being made. These sample dimensions are comparable with gas gun sample dimensions so that accuracies should be comparable. The Sandia Z accelerator [2] is a recently developed facility that generates x-ray energies of about 2 MJ over time scales of 5-10 ns with resulting temperatures of 100-150 eV in containment fixtures, referred to as hohlraums, that are a few cubic centimeters in volume. This intense radiation source can be used to ablatively drive shock waves to about pressures of about 10 Mbar in a ...
Date: July 22, 1999
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Hall, C.; Bailey, J.E.; Knudson, M.D.; Holland, K.G.; Hanson, D.L. et al.
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MHD Modeling of Conductors at Ultra-High Current Density

Description: In conjunction with ongoing high-current experiments on Sandia National Laboratories' Z accelerator we have revisited a problem first described in detail by Heinz Knoepfel. MITLs of previous pulsed power accelerators have been in the 1-Tesla regime. Z's disc transmission line (downstream of the current addition) is in a 100-1200 Tesla regime, so its conductors cannot be modeled simply as static infinite conductivity boundaries. Using the MHD code MACH2 we have been investigating conductor hydrodynamics, characterizing the joule heating, magnetic field diffusion, and material deformation, pressure, and velocity over a range of current densities, current rise-times, and conductor materials. Three purposes of this work are ( 1) to quantify power flow losses owing to ultra-high magnetic fields, (2) to model the response of VISAR diagnostic samples in various configurations on Z, and (3) to incorporate the most appropriate equation of state and conductivity models into our MHD computations. Certain features are strongly dependent on the details of the conductivity model. Comparison with measurements on Z will be discussed.
Date: June 30, 1999
Creator: Asay, J.R.; Desjarlais, M.P.; Douglas, M.R.; Frese, M.H.; Hall, C.A.; Morse, R.L. et al.
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Z-Pinch Driven Inertial Confinement Fusion Target Physics Research at Sandia National Laboratories

Description: Three hohlraum concepts are being pursued at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to investigate the possibility of using pulsed power driven magnetic implosions (z-pinches) to drive high gain targets capable of yields in the range of 200-1000 MJ. This research is being conducted on SNL'S.Z facility that is capable of driving peak currents of 20 MA in z-pinch loads producing implosion velocities as high as 7.5X 107 cm/s, x-ray energies approaching 2 MJ, and x-ray powers exceeding 200 TW. This paper will discuss each of these hohlraum concepts and will overview the experiments that have been conducted on these systems to date.
Date: October 27, 1998
Creator: Alberts, T.E.; Asay, J.R.; Baca, P.M.; Baker, K.L.; Breeze, S.P.; Chandler, G.A. et al.
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