Establishment of Shaped Charge Optimum Parameters for Small Scale Hydrodynamic Penetration

  •  Khairul H. Kamarudin    
  •  Ahmad Mujahid Ahmad Zaidi    
  •  Shohaimi Abdullah    
  •  Md Fuad Shah Koslan    


An investigation is intended to establish suitable parameters for a simple shaped charge mechanism (SCM) assembly that can be utilized for small scale hydrodynamics penetration test. Some basic features of the SCM parameters were based on previous researchers’ findings. Three sets of tests were conducted to verify parameters such as cone liner angle and thickness, material of charge (explosive) casing and standoff distance (SoD). Single and welded stacks of mild steel plates and Aluminium blocks were used as targets. Two type of explosive were used, military grade plastic explosive (PE) or C4 and a commercial grade explosive, Emulex 700. A simple but effective compressing mechanism was developed to eliminate air pockets and maximised the explosive density. The SCM parameters were improved through series of tests and results have shown that hydrodynamic penetrations have taken place in every test conducted. Suitable small scale SCM parameters were successfully established which can be utilized for future study on hydrodynamics penetration.

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