Feasibility Study of Explosively Driven Hypervelocity Projectiles
Final rept. 1 Jun 1973-1 Jan 1974
PHYSICS INTERNATIONAL CO SAN LEANDRO CA
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The program performed was a feasibility study to evaluate the possibility of developing an explosive driver hypervelocity launcher capable of launching simultaneously many small projectiles to velocities of 10 kmsec. Any feasible launcher developed must be capable of being incorporated into a weapon system. To design a launcher system effectively, its ultimate usage must be kept in mind generation of rear surface spall on armored vehicle targets. The following subsections present background information concerning the constraints placed on the launcher, rear surface spall phenomena, and the explosive driver concept.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods