Ballistic Evaluation of Magnesium Alloy AZ31B

Report No. ARL-TR-4077
Authors: Tyrone L. Jones; Richard D. DeLorme; Matthew S. Burkins; William A. Gooch
Date/Pages: April 2007; 20 pages
Abstract: Wrought magnesium alloys, which maintain various niche market applications because of their unique properties, have been the subject of a heightened level of research and development for potential application in the automotive market; however, few data are available about their ballistic properties. In order to fill this gap, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)and Magnesium Elektron North America (MENA), Inc., conducted a cooperative effort to evaluate magnesium alloy AZ31B, which was commercially available in a wrought form. MENA produced the rolled product and conducted the mechanical testing, and ARL performed the ballistic testing. Some limited ballistic data are provided for this alloy in both the H24 and O tempers.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2007