, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 479–492 | Cite as

Experimental study on the response of graded corrugated steel armor to shock loading

  • Jefferson Wright
  • Rainer Hebert
  • Dharma Maddala
  • Arun Shukla
Experimental Solid Mechanics


Shock loading experiments on graded, corrugated steel sandwich panels were conducted using a shock tube apparatus in combination with high speed digital photography and pressure sensors. Various combinations of multilayer corrugation cores were experimentally evaluated in order to understand the effects of gradation on the shock response of the corrugated panels. The results show that a gradual, linearly graded corrugation, from the thinnest corrugation on the front face to thickest corrugation on the back face, mitigates back face deflection of the panel the most, especially when normalized due to areal density. This arrangement leads to a novel sequential collapse mode that helps in the absorption of blast energy and thus reducing back face deflection.


Corrugated sandwich panels Blast response Shock tube High speed photography 



This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Award Number: 2009-ST-061-TS0011. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jefferson Wright
    • 1
  • Rainer Hebert
    • 2
  • Dharma Maddala
    • 2
  • Arun Shukla
    • 1
  1. 1.Dynamic Photo Mechanics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems EngineeringThe University of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA
  2. 2.Chemical, Materials, and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Institute of Materials ScienceUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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