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Collisional disruption of weakly sintered porous targets at low-impact velocities
© The Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS); The Seismological Society of Japan; The Volcanological Society of Japan; The Geodetic Society of Japan; The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences. 2007
Received: 14 April 2006
Accepted: 26 December 2006
Published: 7 May 2007
Porous structure is common in the asteroids and satellites of the outer planets. In order to study the relationship between the structure of small bodies and their thermal and collisional evolution, we performed impact disruption experiments on porous sintered targets using a light-gas gun at velocities ranging from 10 to 100 m/s. The sintered glass bead targets were prepared to have roughly the same porosity but with different compressive strengths, ranging over an order of magnitude, by controlling sintering duration and temperature. The results of the impact experiments show that the targets of higher compressive strength have higher impact strengths. However, compared to previous results on impact disruption of porous sintered targets with a collisional velocity of approximately 6 km/s, the values of impact strength in this study were found to be lower by an order of magnitude.