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Ballistic Impact Performance of Additively Manufactured High Performance Metals

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Additive manufacturing (AM) is an attractive technology for Army sustainment and modernization priorities through enabling rapid production of replacement parts for legacy systems and opening new design freedoms for design of next generation systems. It is critical that these components perform well in demanding environments and can withstand the extreme dynamic loads subjected during shock, impact, and ballistic events. In this presentation, the ballistic impact response of laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) AM ultra high strength steels and titanium will be presented. This work demonstrates that it is possible to AM armor grade metals with high hardness, strength, and ductility, that perform as well as, or outperform current MIL-SPEC standards.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion participants will be able to understand current research and development efforts with respect to metals AM for defense applications.
  • Participants will take away that AM metals are suitable materials for impact and ballistic applications.