Explosively Welded Steel Patches for the Field Repair of Rolled Homogeneous Armor
Final rept. Jan 1985-Jul 1986
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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A feasibility study was conducted to determine whether explosively welded steel patches could be used for battlefield repair of tank armor. Mild steel patches were bonded to rolled homogeneous armor plates in the laboratory and to the glacis and turret of a tank in the field. The patch design used a circular weld pattern, slurry explosive, a thin edge for ease of welding, and a reinforced center for additional strength and protection. Surface preparation was found to affect weld quality.
- Fabrication Metallurgy
- Combat Vehicles