Dynamic Response and Fracture of Composite Gun Tubes

Jerome T. Tzeng
2001 Shock and Vibration  
The fracture behavior due to dynamic response in a composite gun tube subjected to a moving pressure has been investigated. The resonance of stress waves result in very high amplitude and frequency strains in the tube at the instant and location of pressure front passage as the velocity of the projectile approaches a critical value. The cyclic stresses can accelerate crack propagation in the gun tube with an existing imperfection and significantly shorten the fatigue life of gun tubes. The
more » ... ure mechanism induced by dynamic amplification effects is particularly critical for composite overwrap barrels because of a multi-material construction, anisotropic material properties, and the potential of thermal degradation.
doi:10.1155/2001/349193 fatcat:pliuckjjxbhwll4rrplyfv32la