Perforation of aluminum plates by fragment simulating projectiles (FSP)


  • T Fras
  • L Colard
  • P Pawlowski



The paper describes the ballistic impact test, in which fragment simulating projectiles (FSPs) of a 20-mm-diameter have been used against 40-mmthick plates made of an aluminum alloy AA7020-T651. To perforate plates, the projectiles must have reached a velocity higher than 890 m/s. Based on the performed ballistic test, the plugging failure mode is numerically modeled using the LS-DYNA software package. Results obtained due to the calculations in the Finite Element Method (FEM) are compared with the results from the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). A condition of geometrical similarity between the target deformed experimentally and its numerical representation is introduced to evaluate the performed simulations.


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How to Cite

Fras, T., Colard, L. and Pawlowski, P. (2015) “Perforation of aluminum plates by fragment simulating projectiles (FSP)”, The International Journal of Multiphysics, 9(3), pp. 267-285. doi: 10.1260/1750-9548.9.3.267.