Impact On Ceramic Armor Seams
ARMY TANK AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI WARREN United States
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Ceramic armor provides unique opportunities to achieve lighter weight protection of tactical vehicles. However ceramics are much more sensitive to multi-impact damage than traditional metallic armors. Small ceramic tiles are generally used, and the intersecting locations of these tiles are well known to provide reduced protection relative to the center of a tile. For armor panel assembly, it is useful to know how the width of the intersection correlates with reduced performance. Experiments and simulations to determine if a critical point exists in the performance relationship. No critical point was found, and the relationship was effectively linear.