Development of a Novel, Lightweight, Protective Structure to Resist Impulsive, Dynamic Loads
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS VICKSBURG MS ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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This paper discusses the development of a novel, lightweight protective structure and presents results of an analytical and experimental study of its response to explosive loading at a standoff. The paper provides background on the need for lightweight physical protective structures based on the current U.S. military operational paradigm, and briefly discusses the global system objectives and how they were incorporated into Spiral 1.0 of the system fielded in FY 2008. Lastly, conclusions discuss capabilities and future challenges associated with this type of novel physical protective structure for use in the warfighters rapidly changing contingency environment.