THE AIR FORCE MATERIALS LABORATORY HYPERVELOCITY BALLISTIC RANGE.
DAYTON UNIV OHIO RESEARCH INST
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The light-gas gun range described in this report was constructed by University of Dayton for the Air Force Materials Laboratory. The initial capability of the range is to accelerate projectiles to peak velocities of 7.65 kmsec. The projectiles are made from materials with densities from 1 to 9 gramcc and have a maximum size of 3.18 mm dia. Larger and higher density projectiles can be launched to somewhat lower velocities. The basic range instrumentation systems consist of a streak camera and two image converter cameras that can take high-resolution photographs of projectiles in flight. Terminal ballistic instrumentation includes elapsed time measurement equipment, flash X-ray systems, and high resolution photography. The range has been designed in modular units and instrumentation systems have been mounted on separate bases to allow for a wide range of terminal ballistic experiments. These design features have made the range capable of accommodating several terminal ballistic studies simultaneously without reducing firing efficiency. Author
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods