Characterization of impact behaviour of armour plate materials


  1. Bassim, M.N.
  2. Bolduc, M.
  3. Nazimuddin, G.
  4. Delorme, J.
  5. Polyzois, I.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Manitoba Univ, Winnipeg MAN (CAN)
Three armour plate materials, including two steels, namely HHA and Mars 300, and an aluminium alloy 5083, were studied under impact loading to determine their behaviour and the mechanisms of deformation that lead to failure. The experimental testing was carried out using either a direct impact compression Split Hopkinson Bar or a torsion Hopkinson Bar. The impact properties and stress-strain cures were obtained as a function of the impact momentum in compression and the angle of twist in torsion. It was found that at the high strain rates developed in the specimen during the tests, the deformation occurs by the formation of adiabatic shear bands (ASBs) which may lead to the formation of cracks within the bands and the ultimate failure of the specimens. It was also found that below a certain impact momentum, the deformation is more uniform and no ASBs are formed. Also, ASBs are more likely to form in the BCC metals such as the two steels while diffuse ASBs associated with plastic flow are exhibited in the 5083 aluminum alloy. Microstructural techniques ranging from optical microscopy to atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to study the topography of the ASBs. Also, modelling of the formation was performed. The results provide a comprehensive understanding of the role of ASBs in the failure of these materials.
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-SL-2012-237 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Sep 2012
Number of Pages
Reprinted from
EPJ Web of Conferences, vol 26, 2012
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