Even more chondrules born in plasma: simulation of gas-grain collisions

Morlock, A.; Sutton, Y. C.; Braithwaite, N. St.J. and Grady, M. M. (2011). Even more chondrules born in plasma: simulation of gas-grain collisions. In: 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 7-11 Mar 2011, Houston, TX, USA.

URL: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2011/pdf/1081...

Abstract

The exact process of chondrule formation is still not known - common scenarios are formation in a protoplanetary nebular environment: e.g. X-wind model or nebular shock fronts, where precursor grains are heated by collisions with gas.

Most chondrules appear to have been heated to 1500–1600 ºC, followed by a rapid cooling of usually between 10 to 1000 ºC/h.

In this part of our study about the formation of chondrules by shock processes, we try to simulate the formation of chondrules by gas-grain collisions in a nebular environment.

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