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Performance of a nanocrystalline tungsten composite in ballistic impacts
Author(s): Lee S. Magness; L Kecskes; Francis S. Biancaniello; Stephen D. Ridder; M Chung; D Kapoor
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Paper Abstract

A novel tungsten heavy alloy with a nanocrystalline microstructure was produced. Tungsten powders were ball milled in a controlled atmosphere environment, with rapidly solidified powders of a binder alloy known to exhibit a stress-induced martensitic transformation. The milled powders were consolidated in a Hot Isostatic Press (HIP). Microstructural examinations and microhardness tests were conducted on the consolidated product. In quarter-scale ballistic testing, the penetration performance of the nanostructured tungsten composite was compared to those of penetrators of conventional tungsten-based composites and depleted uranium alloys, and showed promise as a kinetic energy penetrator material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4608, Nanostructure Science, Metrology, and Technology, (24 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.465225
Show Author Affiliations
Lee S. Magness
L Kecskes
Francis S. Biancaniello
Stephen D. Ridder
M Chung
D Kapoor


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4608:
Nanostructure Science, Metrology, and Technology

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