Accession Number:

ADA109678

Title:

Three-Dimensional Numerical Analyses of Earth Penetration Dynamics

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Sep 1976-11 Jan 1979

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY INC CHATSWORTH

Report Date:

1979-01-31

Pagination or Media Count:

95.0

Abstract:

A new three-dimensional numerical code, TRIFLE, is described which provides, for the first time, a rigorous yet efficient analytical tool to investigate the penetration dynamics of semi-rigid projectiles under asymmetric non-normal impact conditions. This is a key development since most real impacts and penetrations involve at least some degree of both yaw and obliquity, and since small degrees of asymmetry can have significant effects on the design environment of earth penetrating systems. In the TRIFLE code formulation, the full three-dimensional equations of motion are solved using a moving polar cylindrical coordinate reference frame aligned with the projectile, a Fourier representation of circumferential variation to couple together several r-z finite-difference planes in the target media, an arbitrary LagrangianEulerian transformation to allow these planes to remain planes, and a momentum exchange procedure to determine forces on the penetrator. The circumferential Fourier representation in TRIFLE provides highest resolution near the penetrator, and hence, TRIFLE is more efficient and practical than a three-dimensional cartesian finite-difference formulation.

Subject Categories:

  • Ballistics
  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE