Morphology analysis of tracks in the aerogels impacted by hypervelocity irregular particles [Early Posting]
As an attractive collector medium for hypervelocity particles, combined with outstanding physical properties and suitable compositional characteristics, SiO2 aerogel has been deployed on outer space missions and laser shock-loaded collection experiments. In this paper, impact experiments were conducted in order to understand the penetration process of irregular grains, irregular Al2O3 grains with different sizes and speed (~110um@7km/s, ~email@example.com/s) at various density silica aerogels. By classifying shapes of projectile residues and track, the morphology of tracks was analyzed. It was observed that there were several kinds of typical tracks in the penetration of irregular grains, accompanied by residues with the shapes of Near-Sphere, Polyhedron, Streamlined body Wedge and Rotator. The rotational behavior was demonstrated by the final status of one flake projectile as a direct evidence. Also, there was no obvious relationship between track length and experimental parameters, which may be caused by the uncertain interaction between aerogels and irregular particles. In addition, it confirmed the existence of fragmentation, melting situation by observing the shape of the impact entrance hole. At the same time, optical coherence tomography was used to observe the detail of tracks clearly, which provided a method to character the tracks nondestructively.
Du Ai ,Ma Yi,Liu Mingfang,Zhang Zhihua ,Cao Guangwei ,Li Hongwei ,Wang Ling,Shen Jun,Zhou Bin. Morphology analysis of tracks in the aerogels impacted by hypervelocity irregular particles[J].High Power Laser Science and Engineering,,():.