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Title: BOLIDE FRAGMENTION PROCESSES: SINGLE-BODY MODELING VERSUS THE CATASTROPHIC FRAGMENTATION LIMIT

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Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (US)
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US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
788217
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-01-5651
TRN: US200202%%283
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
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Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Oct 2001
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; FRAGMENTATION; METEORITES; LIMITING VALUES; MATHEMATICAL MODELS

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D. O. REVELLE. BOLIDE FRAGMENTION PROCESSES: SINGLE-BODY MODELING VERSUS THE CATASTROPHIC FRAGMENTATION LIMIT. United States: N. p., 2001. Web.
D. O. REVELLE. BOLIDE FRAGMENTION PROCESSES: SINGLE-BODY MODELING VERSUS THE CATASTROPHIC FRAGMENTATION LIMIT. United States.
D. O. REVELLE. Mon . "BOLIDE FRAGMENTION PROCESSES: SINGLE-BODY MODELING VERSUS THE CATASTROPHIC FRAGMENTATION LIMIT". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/788217.
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  • The catastrophic 'pancake' fragmentation process, proposed as being generally applicable to very large meteoroid entry in the early 1990's by a number of workers, has been carefully examined. In this effort, the transition from the traditional single-body dynamics and energetics model to a catastrophic 'pancake' fragmentation process has been delineated. The key parameters are the {mu} parameter originally proposed by Levin and the fragmentation scale height, Hf, which we have derived from {mu}. It has been found that this break-up process can only occur for an optimum set of circumstances.
  • Using the theoretical formalism of ReVelle (2001d), we have analyzed 22 European (EN) and US Prairie Network fireballs (PN) with the most precise trajectory information available for shape change and fragmentation effects. For 14 bolides the shape change parameter, {mu}, was always > 0 and for the other 8 cases there were instances of {mu} < 0, but with large oscillations in its sign with height or time. When the shape change parameter, {mu}, was < 0, the fragmentation scale height was > 0 and in a few instances was briefly even smaller than the pressure scale height. This ismore » the necessary condition in addition to the sufficient condition of {mu} < 0 for the onset of the catastrophic fragmentation process ('pancake' break-up). A histogram of all computed {mu} values indicates that an average value was <{mu} > {approx} 0.10, indicating that substantial shape change has taken place during entry for these bolides. This is fully consistent with the recent analyses of ReVelle and Ceplecha (2001g) of the changes in the shape-density coefficient, K, with time as well. Thus, the use of the {mu} = 2/3 (self-similar solution with no shape change) is not recommended for bolide modeling efforts. From our results we can conclude that most of the US DoD bolides can be successfully modeled using single-body theory without resorting to the 'pancake' catastrophic fragmentation model that was 'rediscovered' in the early 1990's by a number of workers. These researchers included Hills and Goda, Chyba, Thomas and Zahnle, etc. who specifically developed this break-up model for studying he impact into Jupiter of the huge Shoemaker Levy-9 comet.« less