Study of the Phenomena of Hypervelocity Impact
GM DEFENSE RESEARCH LABS SANTA BARBARACA AEROSPACE OPERATIONS DEPT
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This report is a critical investigation of the meteoroid hazard and of theoretical, empirical, and experimental investigations of hypervelocity impact. Simple and complex models of cratering and perforation are considered, as are the limitations and requirements imposed by practical engineering considerations. Results presented in this report are based on a detailed review of the published works of the many investigators in the field of hypervelocity impact and on a number of independent experimental and theoretical research programs being conducted at GM Defense Research Laboratories. The conclusions are summarized, and specific recommendations are made concerning future experimental and theoretical studies of hypervelocity impact.