Hypervelocity Impact Shock-Induced Damage to Steel Armor
ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND FORT BELVOIR VA
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A research program has been conducted to design hypervelocity projectiles that maximize back-face spallation in steel armor. The primary target for the experimental program has been steel armor 2 to 5 cm thick. After impact, the target specimens were dissected through the crater center, polished, etched, and examined metallurgically. Experimental results are summarized, and the 130-kbar phase change and spall phenomena are discussed.
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