Magnesium Technology and Manufacturing for Ultra Lightweight Armored Ground Vehicles

Report No. ARL-RP-236
Authors: Kyu Cho; Tomoko Sano; Kevin Doherty; Chian Yen; George Gazonas; Jonathan Montgomery; Paul Moy; Bruce Davis; Rick DeLorme
Date/Pages: February 2009; 14 pages
Abstract: The current report summarizes magnesium alloy metallurgy and wrought manufacturing with an initial emphasis on the Elektron WE43 alloy system for lightweight armored ground vehicle applications. Engineering design factors are reviewed and initial mechanical property data are presented along with ballistic results and findings from blast simulations. Finally the future role of magnesium alloys in ultra light metallic armor is discussed in terms of material development and application.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2009