Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology

, Volume 22, Issue 11, pp 2076-2089

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RETRACTED ARTICLE: Penetrator strength effect in long-rod critical ricochet angle

  • K. DaneshjouAffiliated withDep. of Mechanical Eng., Iran University of Science and Technology Email author 
  • , M. ShahraviAffiliated withDep. of Mechanical Eng., Iran University of Science and Technology

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3D numerical simulations were performed in order to further investigate the role of penetrator strength in the interaction of long-rods and oblique targets. Three distinctive regimes resulting from oblique impact depending on the obliquity, namely simple ricochet, critical ricochet and target perforation, were investigated in detail. Critical ricochet angles were calculated with a full 3D explicit finite element method for various impact velocities and strength of target plates and projectiles.

Numerical predictions were compared with existing two-dimensional analytical models and test results. It was predicted that critical ricochet angle increases with decreasing impact velocity and that higher ricochet angles were expected if higher strength target materials are employed. But there are differences between analytical models and 3D numerical simulation results or test results. The causes for these discrepancies are established by numerical simulations which explore the validity of the penetrator strength parameter in the analytical model as a physical entity.

As a matter of fact, in this paper we first investigate the role of penetrator dynamic strength using two-dimensional simulation which resulted in different penetrator strengths out of different impact velocities. Next, by applying these amounts for penetrator strength in Rosenberg analytical model the critical ricochet angle is calculated. Finally, a comparison between the present analytical method with the 3D simulation and test results shows that the new analytical approach leads to modified results with respect to Rosenberg ones.


Critical ricochet angle Penetrator strength Numerical solution Long-Rod