Modeling on propagation of shock waves induced by hypervelocity impact (HVI) with application to evaluation of HVI damage

Menglong Liu, Zhongqing Su, Qingming Zhang, Renrong Long

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All rights re served. A hypervelocity impact (HVI) of an aluminium sphere into an aluminium plate with a speed around 4000 m/s is numerically modeled and experimentally verified. Ubiquitous in outer space and significantly different from low velocity impact (LVI), HVI features transient, localized, and extreme material deformation in an adiabatic process, under which the induced shock waves present unique yet complex features. To numerically study this normal HVI phenomenon, a dedicated hybrid modeling combining the three-dimensional smooth-particle hydrodynamics (SPH) with the finite element analysis was developed, to gain an insight into characteristics of HVI-induced shock wave propagation. The effectiveness and accuracy of the modeling and simulation was demonstrated through quantitative coincidence in results between simulation and HVI experiment. Shock wave signal features on both time and frequency domain are analyzed intensively based on the theoretical model of HVI. Upon understanding the characteristics of HVI-induced shock waves, an acoustic emission (AE) based characterization strategy, targeting HVI-committed damage, was subsequently established using an enhanced delay-and-sum-based diagnostic imaging algorithm, and this strategy was validated by locating orbital debris-induced penetration in space structures, showing precise identification results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Health Monitoring 2015
Subtitle of host publicationSystem Reliability for Verification and Implementation - Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, IWSHM 2015
PublisherDEStech Publications
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781605951119
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event10th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring: System Reliability for Verification and Implementation, IWSHM 2015 - Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Duration: 1 Sep 20153 Sep 2015


Conference10th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring: System Reliability for Verification and Implementation, IWSHM 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Information Management

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