Experimental Study of Interface Defeat in Confined Ceramic Targets

N. S. Brar, Horacio D. Espinosa, Gang Yuan

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Recent experimental studies by Hauver et al. reveal that the ballistic performance of ceramic targets depends entirely on the state of confinement of a ceramic in a composite target. If the ceramic confinement is preserved, the penetrator is consumed by lateral flow at the ceramic-cover plate interface; this mechanism is known as interface defeat. In the experiments reported in this paper, stress histories produced at the cover plate-ceramic interface and ceramic-back plate interface are recorded with in-material gauges. Velocity measurements, at the back plate free surface, are recorded with VISAR. Partial interface defeat of the L/D 20 tungsten long rods shot at 1.7 km/s, on composite targets containing alumina and Titanium diboride ceramics, was obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-857
Number of pages3
JournalReview of High Pressure Science and Technology/Koatsuryoku No Kagaku To Gijutsu
StatePublished - 1998


  • Ceramic confinement
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Interface defeat
  • Partial defeat
  • Tungsten penetrator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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