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Under Pressure, Part 2

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In Part 1, we saw what happens to a tank crew when it's hit with a HEAT shell, whether that shell penetrates or not. However, getting hit with a kinetic penetrator has consequences too! Let's take a look.

"To compare, a table of measurements inside armoured compartments on impact from armour piercing and high explosive 76, 85, 100, and 122 mm shells with sensors positioned 200-1000 mm from armour, under the condition that the armour integrity was not compromised."


Caliber (mm)

Armour (mm)

Pressure (kg/cm²)

% of animals injured

Likely effect on humans

76

90

Less than 0.05

0

A human is unlikely to be seriously injured

145

85

90

0.19-0.39

0

Hearing damage is possible

145

0.11-0.32

0

100

135-145

[illegible]

20

Heavy injury to middle and inner ear, disturbance of internal organ and nervous system function within normal range.

180-200

0.25-1.37

122

135

1.5-2.9

59

Possible heavy hearing damage and blast injuries to the body.

200

0.32-2.57

240

0.57-1.52



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