Sabot Design For High Velocity Projectile Launch

Period of Performance: 06/23/1995 - 06/22/1997

$286K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Physics Applications, Inc.
7635 Wilmington Pike
Dayton, OH 45458
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

A multi-faceted program is proposed to elevate sabot design at advanced ballistic research ranges to a quantitative science rather than a pragmatic art. The first task involves developing density-matched fluid support as a practical saboting technique for delicate models. The second task will provide USAF ballistic range operators with convenient software for performing rapid analyses of anticipated sabot loading levels and discard characteristics as well as rigorous analyses of stress fields induced in sabot structures during energetic ballistic launches. A small laboratory will be set up for evaluating condition of polymeric sabot materials and also damage thresholds of actual sabots subjected to simulated launch loads. The program will be completed with the preparation of a rigorous sabot technology handbook which should serve the ballistic range community as the primary reference in the field for the next 10-15 years.