Behaviour of rippled shocks from ablatively-driven Richtmyer-Meshkov in metals accounting for strength

S. Opie, S. Gautam, E. Fortin, J. Lynch, Pedro Peralta, E. Loomis

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While numerous continuum material strength and phase transformation models have been proposed to capture their complex dependences on intensive properties and deformation history, few experimental methods are available to validate these models particularly in the large pressure and strain rate regime typical of strong shock and ramp dynamic loading. In the experiments and simulations we present, a rippled shock is created by laser-ablation of a periodic surface perturbation on a metal target. The strength of the shock can be tuned to access phase transitions in metals such as iron or simply to study high-pressure strength in isomorphic materials such as copper. Simulations, with models calibrated and validated to the experiments, show that the evolution of the amplitude of imprinted perturbations on the back surface by the rippled shock is strongly affected by strength and phase transformation kinetics. Increased strength has a smoothing effect on the perturbed shock front profile resulting in smaller perturbations on the free surface. In iron, faster phase transformations kinetics had a similar effect as increased strength, leading to smoother pressure contours inside the samples and smaller amplitudes of free surface perturbations in our simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012075
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 26 2016
Event9th International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications, IFSA 2015 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Sep 20 2015Sep 25 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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