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Theory and Design of Guns and Ammunition, Third Edition

ISBN 9781138055315
Published March 28, 2018 by CRC Press
654 Pages 12 Color & 278 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With new chapters, homework problems, case studies, figures, and examples, Ballistics: Theory and Design of Guns and Ammunition, Third Edition encourages superior design and innovative applications in the field of ballistics. It examines the analytical and computational tools for predicting a weapon’s behavior in terms of pressure, stress, and velocity, demonstrating their applications in ammunition and weapons design. New coverage in the Third Edition includes gas-powered guns, and naval ordinance. With its thorough coverage of interior, exterior and terminal ballistics, this new edition continues to be the standard resource for those studying the technology of guns and ammunition.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition


Section I Interior Ballistics

1. Introductory Concepts

2. Physical Foundation of Interior Ballistics

3. Analytic and Computational Ballistics

4. Ammunition Design Practice

5. Weapon Design Practice

6. Recoil Arresting and Recoilless Guns

Section II Exterior Ballistics

7. Introductory Concepts

8. Dynamics Review

9. Trajectories

10. Linearized Aeroballistics

11. Mass Asymmetries

12. Lateral Throwoff

13. Swerve Motion

14. Nonlinear Aeroballistics

Section III Terminal Ballistics

15. Introductory Concepts

16. Penetration Theories

17. Penetration of Homogeneous, Ductile Chromium–Nickel Steel Naval Armor by Three Representative Designs of Nondeforming Hardened Steel Armor-Piercing Projectiles with Bare Noses

18. Shock Physics

19. Introduction to Explosive Effects

20. Shaped Charges

21. Wound Ballistics

Appendix A

Appendix B


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Donald E. Carlucci has been an engineer at the U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, since May 1989. He is currently the U.S. Army senior scientist for computational structural modeling based at Picatinny. He holds a doctor of philosophy in mechanical engineering (2002) and a master of engineering (mechanical) (1995) degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1987, he received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Carlucci is an adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Sidney S. Jacobson worked as a researcher, designer, and developer of ammunition and weapons at the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey for 35 years. He rose from junior engineer to associate director for R&D at the arsenal. In 1972, he was awarded an Arsenal Educational Fellowship to study continuum mechanics at Princeton University where he received his second MS degree (1974). He earned a master of science in applied mechanics from Stevens Institute of Technology (1958) and a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Brooklyn College (1951). He retired in 1986 but maintains his interest in the field through teaching, writing, consulting, and lecturing.