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Resistance of Steel–Elastomer Laminate Armors to Impacts of Small–Caliber Projectiles

TERESA FRAS, JANIS KARL, NORBERT FADERL

Abstract


Monolithic, homogenous ballistic shields consisting of a single thick, high-hardness and high-strength steel plate are rarely applied in modern combat vehicles. Nowadays, multilayered laminates are a popular armor solution due to which the threat kinetic energy is dissipated by a complementary performance of components with different material properties. Searching for a maximum ballistic protection results in applications of various materials assembled together to provide an improved protective efficiency without excessive mass. The presented experimental investigation focuses on a steel–elastomer armor concept and aims to verify the influence of the elastomeric interlayer on the behavior of the laminated shield under impacts of small–caliber 7.62×54 R API B32 projectiles.


DOI
10.12783/ballistics2019/33185

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