Dynamics of stress wave propagation in a chain of photoelastic discs impacted by a planar shock wave: Part II, numerical investigation

A. Goldenberg, O. Igra, A. Britan, G. Ben-Dor

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Abstract

The propagation of stress waves through a chain of discs has been studied experimentally in Part I (Glam et al. [1]) and is completed here with numerical investigation using the standard package ABAQUS. A fair agreement is found between experimental findings and their simulations. Based on this agreement, parametric study of wave propagation through disc-chains was conducted. Specifically, effects associated with changes in the disc diameter, material density, stiffness/rigidity and the number of discs in the chain on the stressed chain have been studied. It was found that the propagation velocity of the evolved waves increases with improving contacts between the chain's discs by exposing the chain to a static load before its dynamic loading. The wave- propagation velocity decreases with increase in the discs material density and it increases when its diameter increases. In case of a chain composed of small diameter discs and/or small material density, the transmitted stress wave is first strengthened and only at discs further down the chain it starts decaying. When checking the influence of the dynamic-loading duration it was found that long dynamic-load duration dissolves quickly into short pulses. It was also found that there is a 'characteristic' wave for a given chain. This wave propagates with minimal dispersion. Dynamic loads having shorter time duration than the 'characteristic' one experiences significant attenuation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages13
JournalShock Waves
Volume17
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2007

Keywords

  • Numerical simulation
  • Propagation of stress waves
  • Shock wave impact

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