Impact Effects of Explosively Formed Projectiles on Normal Strength Concrete


This paper will address the experimental results of the impact of 101.6 mm (4 in) explosively formed projectiles on normal strength concrete targets. Five projectiles were recovered using a soft recovery system to determine the average mass and nose shape of the projectiles. Velocity data for each test was measured with a high speed camera. The average projectile nose shape and mass plus the striking velocity, and the penetration depths from ten tests were compared to existing penetration equations to see if one or more of the equations is applicable for this type of projectile impact. The coarse aggregate gradation used in the concrete mix has Hugoniot data available. The Hugoniot data allows comparison of any observed spalling with the theoretical predictions. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

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17th Biennial Conference of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, 2011 APS SCCM (2011: Jun. 26-Jul. 1, Chicago, IL)


Mining Engineering

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Concrete; Explosively Formed Projectiles; Impact

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jul 2012