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21 May 2014 Infrared imaging analysis of ballistic impacts of composite armor materials
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The impact of a ballistic projectile on fiber-reinforced composite panel results in a sequence of events which damage the panel, almost all of which result in the generation of heat. We use infrared cameras to spatially and temporally resolve the heat generated during impact and penetration of composite panels of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using several ballistic threats. We find that infrared thermography is able to identify more than half of the kinetic energy lost by the projectile during complete or partial penetration.
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Michael R. Papantonakis, Robert Furstenberg, Viet Nguyen, Alex Moser, Christopher A. Kendziora, and R. Andrew McGill "Infrared imaging analysis of ballistic impacts of composite armor materials", Proc. SPIE 9105, Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXVI, 91050B (21 May 2014); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2050795
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