Accession Number:

ADA255128

Title:

Studies of a Laser/Nuclear Thermal Hardened Body Armor

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 31 Jan 1991-30 Sep 1991

Corporate Author:

FLORIDA INST OF TECH MELBOURNE DEPT OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Report Date:

1992-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

The problem of lasernuclear hardening of body armors and other applications, such as rigid wall, etc, has been investigated in this study. Earlier results from studies of hardening against space systems, which were supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research AFOSR and carried out by the Principal Investigator during 1984 to 1989 are summarized. The concepts of particle layer and photon multiple scattering inside the layers were utilized in developing a laser shield to protect against laser weapons in the 0.22 to 2.4 micrometer region of the spectrum. Protection against the threats from C02 laser weapons are addressed, and the development of a protective shield is detailed. It is now possible to apply a coating that will protect against lasernuclear threats and reduction of solar loads for 0.22 to 16 micrometers of the spectrum. Applications are expected for rigid walls Army containers, human body armor, thermal jeckets for military hardware, etc. Finally, a mathematical model was created to help predict how the laser hardening material will behave under specific constraints that have not yet been tested in the laboratory. Also, this model can be used to extrapolate the performance of similar materialscoatings in the mid- to far-infrared wavelengths and also predict the broadband Performance. LASER BEAMS, LIGHT SCATTERING, PARTICLES, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, BODY ARMOR, SOLID PARTICLES, LASER WEAPONS, MODELS, LASER WEAPONS, NUCLEARTHERMAL.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Armor

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE