Lightweight protection technologies effective against an ever-increasing array of primitive and advanced technology threats will require a comprehensive, interconnected research effort that combines theoretical, computational, and experimental research in the fields of applied ballistics, high-rate mechanics and characterization of materials, and materials science. Similarly, this approach is also needed for advancing the state-of-the-art in lethality to be effective against future and emerging protection methods of ever evolving adversaries. The Center for Impact Physics (CIP) is a comprehensive consortium of organizations and facilities with the focused goal of creating future lethality and protection technologies specifically suited for blast and ballistic impact applications.
Nano-scale ballistic phenomena related to continuum level mechanisms
Access to ARL’s strong full spectrum capability (theoretical, computational and experimental expertise) in solid dynamics, materials science and ballistics
ARL Supercomputing Resource Center including Cray XC40 supercomputer
Point of Contact
Open to national and defense labs, universities and industry. The CIP is currently partnered with the Department of Energy Laboratories at Argonne, Los Alamos, Sandia, and Lawrence Livermore, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Institute for Shock Physics at Washington State University, and the University of Connecticut.
Concept of Operation
The CIP will establish an overarching Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that will define the extent of collaboration conducted under the center, the disposition of intellectual property and the sharing of research outcomes and laboratory resources.