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We model the self-compression of homogeneous, undifferentiated, Ceres-like bodies composed of various minerals and mineral-composites: antigorite, brucite, dolomite, lizardite and magnesite, plus mixtures which were the above minerals mixed with

We model the self-compression of homogeneous, undifferentiated, Ceres-like bodies composed of various minerals and mineral-composites: antigorite, brucite, dolomite, lizardite and magnesite, plus mixtures which were the above minerals mixed with ice Ih. All of the modeled clay/ice bodies had a final radius within 1% of RCeres, an average final density of ~2083 kg m-3 and central pressures of ~133 MPa. The smallest radius was from magnesite, which had a final compressed radius of ~0.88 RCeres, central pressure of ~212 MPa and final density of ~2955 kg m-3. The most significant change in radius was due to the zero-pressure density as the highest densities created the highest force of gravity and produced the smallest radii, yet zero-pressure densities that matched Ceres produced 0.99 RCeres bodies. It was found that the addition of ice, anywhere from 9.1-19.1%, did not affect the body a measurable amount as the inclusion of ice resulted in a lower density creating a lower force of gravity, decreased central pressure and less overall compression. Models that closely resembled Ceres had internal pressures of 133 MPa, which is not enough pressure to induce pore collapse or produce drastic changes due to K and K'. Porosity and the addition of ice in Ceres-like bodies is possible and cannot be ignored when using more complicated modeling techniques. Each mineral and mineral-composite produced unique overall results which allowed us to compare each mineral to Ceres, understand how it has compressed over time and how objects of such a size are affected by compression. Due to the small size, low force of gravity and high bulk moduli of the given minerals, Ceres-like bodies do not compress a considerable amount if they are in fact composed of hydrated silicates.

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  • 2015-12

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