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Impact Physics 
 
 

Contact Information

 Kevin L. Poormon
 Group Leader

 

 

 

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-0116

 

937-229-2263

 

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Aerospace Mechanics  Division




The Impact Physics group solves complex impact problems and has been conducting research and development for impact-resistant systems for government and industrial sponsors since 1965.

 

We have the most diversified indoor impact research facility in the world. Our 13 gun ranges are capable of propelling objects at velocities ranging from tens of feet per second to over 24,000 feet per second.

 

We routinely perform testing in the fields of foreign object damage (FOD), light armor design and evaluation, penetration mechanics, hypervelocity impact testing and analysis, and dynamic behavior of materials.

Capabilities

 

The breadth of topics studied by the UDRI Impact Physics group include:

 

Terminal Ballistics

 

Advanced armor development

Aircraft component survivability

Birdstrike testing

Foreign object damage

Fragment containment testing

Lightweight armor

Low-velocity impact damage

Military standard testing

Penetration mechanics

Penetrator evaluation

Structural response to impact

 

Hypervelocity Impact

 

Debris cloud formation

KE penetrators

Spacecraft shielding

 

Ballistic Test Design

 

Armor and penetrator design

Flash radiography

Foreign object simulators

High speed photography

Sabot development

 

High-Strain-Rate Material Behavior

 

Constitutive modeling

Failure criteria

Hopkinson bar tests

Material properties characterization

Shock wave propagation

 

Impact Shock Testing

 

Data recorders

Electronic components


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