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Impact Physics
 

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 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 has been providing test and evaluation services for the development and certification of impact-resistant systems for government and industrial sponsors since 1965.
 
We have the most diversified indoor impact research facility in the world. Our testing laboratories have 12 gun ranges capable of propelling objects at velocities ranging from tens of feet per second to over 33,000 feet per second.
 
We routinely perform research and 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.

Core Capabilities

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

 

Terminal Ballistics

 

Advanced armor development
Aircraft component survivability
Aircraft engine blade containment
Ballistic limit evaluation
Bird strike testing
Foreign object damage
Fragment containment testing
Lightweight armor
Military standard testing
Penetration mechanics
Penetrator evaluation
Structural response to impact

 

Hypervelocity Impact

 

Debris cloud formation

KE penetrator performance
Spacecraft shielding against MMOD threats
Thermal protection systems impact capability

 

Ballistic Test Design

 

Armor and penetrator design

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

 

Flight data recorders

Electronic components


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