New Wave-Shaping Concepts in Fragmentation Munitions
ARMY MATERIALS AND MECHANICS RESEARCH CENTER WATERTOWN MA
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A new technique which involves a method of controlling the form of shock waves induced in fragmentation munitions is described. The shock waves are tailored in such a way as to deliberately induce a novel mode of fracture in such munitions. The result is a substantial increase as much as a factor of five in the number of fragments produced from a given exploding shell. Results of the experiments confirm the theoretical predictions extremely well in terms of a the production of a new fracture mode, b a substantial increase in number of fragments, c optimum design configurations and d velocity of fragments produced.
- Ammunition and Explosives