A Brief History of Shaped Charges

Report No. ARL-RP-232
Authors: William Walters
Date/Pages: December 2008; 16 pages
Abstract: This report provides an overview of the history of shaped charge development by consolidating earlier write-ups from several investigators [1-5]. The intent is to educate a new generation of researchers who are not familiar with this material. Most of these documents are now either out of print or hard to find. Since most of these publications originated in the 1980s to early 1990s, a few additions were made based on the discovery of new historical material. The report begins with the early work (prior to the invention of the detonator) and continues to the present. This report chronicles the works of the early researchers, notably Munroe, von Foerster, Newman, Mohaupt, Thomanek, and others.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: December 1, 2008