Hydrodynamic modelling of cometary particles captured in aerogel and the Earths atmosphere
AuthorCoulson, S. G.
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CitationCoulson, S. G. (2009). Hydrodynamic modelling of cometary particles captured in aerogel and the Earth's atmosphere. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 44(10), 1421-1430.
PublisherThe Meteoritical Society
JournalMeteoritics & Planetary Science
AbstractThe capture of cometary fragments in aerogel by the Stardust mission is analogous to the process of meteoroid deceleration in the Earths atmosphere. We present a simplified model for the formation of the tracks formed in aerogel by hypervelocity impacts of cometary material. Using a hydrodynamic approach to model this class of problem overcomes some of the errors associated with previous semi-analytical models for track formation (Coulson 2009). The hydrodynamic models developed allow the particle velocity, temperature and pressure to be calculated as a function of track length within aerogel. A qualative description of how this model can be extended to the formation of bulbous cavities using the Chapman-Jouquet theory is provided.