Penetration of 6061-T651 Aluminum Targets With Rigid Long Rods

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M. J. Forrestal, V. K. Luk

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M. 87185

K. Okajima

University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio 45469

J. Appl. Mech 55(4), 755-760 (Dec 01, 1988) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3173718 History: Received October 13, 1987; Revised May 15, 1988; Online July 21, 2009


We developed engineering models for forces on rigid, long rods with spherical, ogival, and conical noses that penetrated rate independent, elastic-perfectly plastic targets. The spherical and cylindrical, cavity-expansion approximations simplified the target analyses, so we obtained closed-form penetration equations. To verify our models, we performed terminal-ballistic experiments with 7.1-mm dia., 0.024 kg, marging steel rods and 152-mm dia., 6061-T651 aluminum targets. The models predicted penetration depths that were in reasonable agreement with the data for impact velocities between 0.4-1.4 km/s.

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