Coupling Between CTH and LS-DYNA for Thermal Postprocessing: Application to Propellant Cookoff From a Residual Penetrator

Report No. ARL-TR-3924
Authors: Martin N. Raftenberg; Hubert W. Meyer, Jr.; Jerry A. Clarke
Date/Pages: September 2006; 56 pages
Abstract: A procedure was developed for performing a postprocessing heat conduction analysis from a CTH solution for a residual penetrator?s shape and temperature field. LS-DYNA was employed for the heat conduction analysis. The interface between CTH and LS-DYNA involved the codes EnSight and HyperMesh. The procedure was applied to perforation of a titanium plate by a steel right circular cylinder at 433 m/s, followed by cookoff of an M30A1 grain by contact with the hot steel residual. The temperature field as a function of time within the M30A1 grain was compared with published data for initiation time as a function of temperature. In an appendix, an analytical solution for heat conduction between two semi-infinite layers is used to assess mesh adequacy in the residual-propellant simulation.
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