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Title: Plate impact experiments on DC745U cooled to ~ -60 °C

Using gas-gun driven plate impact experiments, we have measured the U S - u p Hugoniot of the silicone elastomer DC745U cooled to -60 °C. In summary, the initial density changes from p 0 (23°C) = 1.312 ± 0.010 g/cm 3 to p 0 (-60°C) = 1.447 ± 0.011 g/cm 3. The linear U S - u p Hugoniot changes from U S = 1.62 + 1.74u p km/s at +23°C, to U S = 2.03 ± 0.06 + (2.03 ± 0.06) u p km/s at -60°C. DC745U, therefore is much stiffer at -60°C than at +23°C, probably due to the crystallization that occurs at ~ -50°C. Caveats/deficiencies: 1) This report does not provide an adequate pedigree of the DC745U used. 2) References to unpublished room temperature shock compression data on the elastomer are inadequate. 3) The report has not been fact checked by a DC745 subject matter expert.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States). Shock and Detonation Physics
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; plate impact; Hugoniot; magnetic gauging; silicone elastomers