Accession Number : AD0749508

Title :   Feasibility Study for Development of an Aluminum Alloy for Fabrication of Small Arms Cartridge Cases.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 2 Apr 70-2 Jun 72,

Corporate Author : ALUMINUM CO OF AMERICA NEW KENSINGTON PA ALCOA RESEARCH LABS

Personal Author(s) : Rogers,Ralph W. , Jr

Report Date : 16 JUN 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 75

Abstract : Seventeen experimental heat-treatable Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys and four Al-Mg or Al-Mg-Zn strain-hardenable alloys were evaluated for suitability as cartridge case materials. Sixteen alloys were of low impurity level achieved by use of refined 99.99 Al ingot as base metal and were rolled to .015 inch and .063 inch sheet by practices developing high degrees of homogeneity. Five alloys were of moderate purity. Comparisons among alloys were made on basis of strength-toughness characteristics, corrosion resistance, temperature stability, quench sensitivity, annealing characteristics and grain size properties. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CARTRIDGE CASES, *ALUMINUM ALLOYS), FEASIBILITY STUDIES, ZINC ALLOYS, COPPER ALLOYS, MAGNESIUM ALLOYS, ZIRCONIUM ALLOYS, STRAIN HARDENING, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, CORROSION RESISTANCE, THERMAL STABILITY, HEAT TREATMENT, GRAIN SIZE

Subject Categories : Properties of Metals and Alloys
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE