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Published January 2015 | public
Journal Article

Material-point erosion simulation of dynamic fragmentation of metals


We present a validation assessment of the eigenerosion scheme applied in conjunction with the Optimal Transportation Meshfree (OTM) method. The assessment is based on the detonation-driven 304L steel spherical-cap fragmentation experiments of Campbell et al. (2007). Metrics used for purposes of validation include the velocity history of a witness point of the shell and the histogram of recovered fragment sizes. The results of the simulations are found to be in overall good agreement with the experimental measurements, especially when allowances are made for uncertainties in the characterization of the drive and material properties. The ability of the approach to predictively simulate exceedingly complex patterns of fracture and fragmentation under severe conditions of loading and material behavior is remarkable, especially in consideration of the simplicity of the fracture model and its implementation.

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© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Received 9 November 2013; Received in revised form 4 March 2014; Available online 1 April 2014. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number DE-FC52-08NA28613 through Caltech's ASC/PSAAP Center for the Predictive Modeling and Simulation of High Energy Density Dynamic Response of Materials.

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