Validation of a Scaled Plane Strain Hypervelocity Gouging Model
Master's thesis Aug 2004-Mar 2006
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The phenomenon of high speed impact is of great interest to the Air Force of Scientific Research and the Air Force Research Laboratorys Holloman High Speed test track. Roccket sled testss at the ffacility frequently arre limited to velocities lower than actually attainaable due to damage to the rail in hte form of gouges. Direct observation of the gouging pehenomenon is not currently possible. This leaves computational modeling as the only means to study the phenomenon. A computer model has previously been used to model the development of gouging at the Holloman High Speed Test Track. However, this model has not been experimentally varifiable due to its complexity. This research is primarily concerned with comparing experiment and analysis of a simplified gouging model. This simplified gouging experiment utilized a 30 mm powder gun to shoot cylindrical projectiles at a target at oblique angles. Computer simulations of the event overestimated penetration depths by 13 to 29 percent, whick is well within acceptable limits. Using dimensional analysis, the simplified gouging model was scaled uyp to an equivalent sled system model. While this equivalent system does not actually exist, it does give reasonable estimates for similar sized systems.
- Fluid Mechanics