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Infrared imaging analysis of ballistic impacts of composite armor materials
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Paper Abstract

The impact of a ballistic projectile on fiber-reinforced composite panel results in a sequence of events which damage the panel, almost all of which result in the generation of heat. We use infrared cameras to spatially and temporally resolve the heat generated during impact and penetration of composite panels of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using several ballistic threats. We find that infrared thermography is able to identify more than half of the kinetic energy lost by the projectile during complete or partial penetration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9105, Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXVI, 91050B (21 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050795
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Michael R. Papantonakis, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Robert Furstenberg, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Viet Nguyen, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Alex Moser, Nova Research, Inc. (United States)
Christopher A. Kendziora, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
R. Andrew McGill, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9105:
Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXVI
Gregory R. Stockton; Fred P. Colbert; Sheng-Jen (Tony) Hsieh, Editor(s)

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