Accession Number : AD0784271

Title :   Feasibility of Explosively Driven Hypervelocity Projectiles.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jun 73-31 Mar 74,


Personal Author(s) : Baum,D. W. ; Gill,S. P. ; Mihalik,G. R.

Report Date : MAR 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 111

Abstract : An experimental and analytical study was conducted in support of the HIBS program to determine the feasibility of explosively accelerating multiple gram-sized projectiles to 10 km/sec. Emphasis was directed toward developing and testing lightweight, low cost, and weaponizable devices using advanced explosive driver concepts. Problems were encountered with material properties, an unusual explosive driver startup phenomena associated with the new materials, and projectile breakup. A weaponizable device is however feasible. Best performance to date is the simultaneous launching of five 1-g steel and nylon projectiles to 7.5 km/sec in a lightweight device using Comp. C-4 explosive and argon driver gas at 59 psig initial pressure. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Hypervelocity projectiles, *Projectors(Ordnance), *Explosive charges, Acceleration, Terminal ballistics, Cost effectiveness, Numerical analysis

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE