Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
Polish Academy of Sciences


A. Murzyn

French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (FR)

Recent publications
1.  Frąś T., Murzyn A., Pawłowski P., Defeat mechanisms provided by slotted add-on bainitic plates against small-calibre 7.62 mm x 51 AP projectiles., INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMPACT ENGINEERING, ISSN: 0734-743X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2017.01.015, Vol.103, pp.241-253, 2017

Thin steel plates with an array of holes, i.e. perforated plates, are used as a passive add-on improving protective properties of armours against small-calibre projectiles. A number of holes in such plates increases the probability of asymmetrical contact between the plate and the projectile, due to which small-calibre projectiles may be destabilized or fragmented before they reach the main-armour. The aim of the study is to analyse the defeat mechanisms provided by 4-mm-thick slotted super-bainitic plates (Pavise™ SBS 600P) against hard-core 7.62mm P80 0.30 AP×51 (0.308 Win) projectiles. To show the dependence between the hit-point and projectile failure, moments when projectiles hit the pre-armour plate were recorded by an ultra-high speed camera and their behaviour after the impact was captured by the flash X-ray radiography. The obtained results complemented by the Lagrangian FEM analysis confirm that slotted steel plates have high protection effectiveness against small-calibre projectiles.

Light-weight ballistic protectionPerforated add-on armourSuper-bainitic steelArmour-piercing (AP) projectile

Frąś T. - other affiliation
Murzyn A. - French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (FR)
Pawłowski P. - IPPT PAN

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