Approximate solutions of the Alekseevskii–Tate model of long-rod penetration

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Abstract

The Alekseevskii–Tate model is the most successful semi-hydrodynamic model applied to long-rod penetration into semi-infinite targets. However, due to the nonlinear nature of the equations, the rod (tail) velocity, penetration velocity, rod length, and penetration depth were obtained implicitly as a function of time and solved numerically. By employing a linear approximation to the logarithmic relative rod length, we obtain two sets of explicit approximate algebraic solutions based on the implicit theoretical solution deduced from primitive equations. It is very convenient in the theoretical prediction of the Alekseevskii–Tate model to apply these simple algebraic solutions. In particular, approximate solution 1 shows good agreement with the theoretical (exact) solution, and the first-order perturbation solution obtained by Walters et al. (Int. J. Impact Eng. 33:837–846, 2006) can be deemed as a special form of approximate solution 1 in high-speed penetration. Meanwhile, with constant tail velocity and penetration velocity, approximate solution 2 has very simple expressions, which is applicable for the qualitative analysis of long-rod penetration. Differences among these two approximate solutions and the theoretical (exact) solution and their respective scopes of application have been discussed, and the inferences with clear physical basis have been drawn. In addition, these two solutions and the first-order perturbation solution are applied to two cases with different initial impact velocity and different penetrator/target combinations to compare with the theoretical (exact) solution. Approximate solution 1 is much closer to the theoretical solution of the Alekseevskii–Tate model than the first-order perturbation solution in both cases, whilst approximate solution 2 brings us a more intuitive understanding of quasi-steady-state penetration.

Keywords

Long-rod penetration Alekseevskii–Tate model Theoretical solution Approximate solution Perturbation solution 

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Acknowledgements

The project was supported by the National Outstanding Young Scientist Foundation of China (Grant 11225213) and the Key Subject “Computational Solid Mechanics” of China Academy of Engineering Physics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Modern MechanicsUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  2. 2.Institute of Systems EngineeringChina Academy of Engineering PhysicsMianyangChina
  3. 3.Advanced Research Institute for Multidisciplinary ScienceBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingChina
  4. 4.The State Key Lab of Explosion Science and TechnologyBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingChina

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