Description: A discussion is presented regarding interferometer experiments conducted on free surfaces which are impulsively loaded with high amplitude shock waves. It is shown that material ejection from shocked surfaces can significantly degrade interferometer experiments. In particular, loss of both light intensity and contrast of interferometer signals can result from various scattering and absorption processes occurring in a cloud of ejected material. An experimental technique is presented which allows determination of the mass and velocity of material ejected from free surfaces during shock loading. The technique has been applied to a study of mass ejection occurring naturally from shocked surfaces of two aluminium alloys and from lead. These results show that the total ejected mass ranges from a few ..mu..g/cm/sup 2/ in the aluminum alloys studied to a few mg/cm/sup 2/ in lead, for shock pressures ranging from about 10 to 50 GPa (100 to 500 kbar). Surface defects, such as pits and scratches, are thought to strongly influence mass ejection in aluminum; whereas in lead, localized shock-induced melting and vaporization are thought to be the dominant mechanisms at the higher shock pressures. Experimental results are also presented for aluminum surfaces which contain artificial defects in the form of wedge-shaped cavities. These results show that the maximum ejecta velocities of approximately two to four times the free surface velocity which are observed in these experiments can be correlated with predictions of steady jetting theory.
Date: October 1, 1976
Creator: Asay, J. R.
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