STRUCTURAL STUDY OF AP-HTPB COMPOSITE UNDER IMPACT LOADING
The impact response of a composite material is dependent on its microstructure. This study examines the effect of particle size and impact velocity on the temperature rise and strain rate in a composite material containing Ammonium Perchlorate (AP) crystals and Hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) binder by combining computational and experimental work. Samples of AP-HTPB composite, with AP crystal sizes of 200 and 400 μm, respectively, are impacted at velocities ranging between 5-10 m/s. A volume fraction of 70-80% AP is maintained in each sample.