The viscous flow and crystallization behavior of the matrix composition of breccia 15286 have been determined in the 1159-1307 C and 644-770 C temperature ranges. The Shaw (1972) model and, to a slightly lesser extent, the semiempirical Bottinga and Weill (1972) model describe the variation of viscosity with temperature. The crystal growth rate has been determined over the temperature range 821-1185 C. Time-temperature-transformation, logarithmic cooling, and continuous cooling curves were constructed; a nucleation barrier of 60 kT at a relative undercooling of 0.2 is assumed. It is estimated that the matrix of 15286 breccia cooled at a rate greater than 80 K/min through the glass transition region. The increase in density that occurs when the matrix glass is annealed suggests that the breccia was formed by cooling from the molten state rather than by direct shock-induced transition from crystal to glass. Viscous sintering under continuous cooling and logarithmic cooling conditions is analyzed.
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Proceedings
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- Lunar Rocks;
- Heat Transmission;
- Temperature Effects;
- Viscous Flow;
- Lunar and Planetary Exploration