Description: The role of materials strength in changing the shock dynamics in strongly-shocked nonenergetic materials is still a matter of investigation because materials strength properties become convoluted with other materials properties and the shock strength. The regime under consideration here is one in which the material in question is shocked strongly enough to be treated as a fluid, but not strongly enough to be treated as a simple fluid. The present work takes a case-study approach in which two models of the constitutive properties of the complex fluid are applied to shock instability for two different polymeric materials. The intent here is to obtain some measure of the sensitivity of the model predictions to variations in the complex fluid constitutive properties. The linear time-regime in a Richtmyer-Meshkov instability is modeled with the viscosity dependence of Mikaelian and the nonlinear time-regime is modeled with an aerodynamic viscous-drag model. Each combination of materials and models will be examined as a function of shock strength, Atwood number, and variation in materials constitutive properties. Although the these models are NOT the most advanced, they are useful for illustrating orders of magnitude.
Date: January 1, 2001
Creator: Valone, S. M. (Steven M.)
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