Advances in the Whipple Shield Design and Development:

Pai, Anand and Divakaran, R and Anandhan, S and Shenoy, Satish B (2022) Advances in the Whipple Shield Design and Development:. Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials. pp. 20-38. ISSN 2199-7446

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Safety of satellites as well as spacecrafts during space missions is a primary objective to preserve the physical and virtual assets onboard. Whipple shields belong to the class of protective equipment provided on the surface of the spacecrafts and satellites, to sustain impacts from the ultra-high speed debris, which can otherwise cause considerable damage to the cor�responding structures. Recent works on whipple shields are focussed on determining the response of diferent geometrical arrangements and material properties under hyper-velocity impact at projectile speeds of 3-18 km/s. Advances in the whipple shield design include integrated and mechanised models employing high performance materials like fber-metal laminates ensuring better operational capability. The forward bumper of the whipple shield is the frst line of defence as it regulates the state of projectile after the primary impact. Use of aluminium alloys for front bumpers is popular, owing to their light�weight and strength characteristics. The advances for the front bumper have seen usage of ceramic, metallic foams, and super composite mixtures, which resulted in enhanced performance, durability and safety of the whipple shields. This work is a comprehensive coverage of the latest materials used for whipple shields, their performance characterization—both experi�mental and theoretical, and applications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Whipple shield · Hypervelocity impact · Space debris · Shielding materials · Satellite safety
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Aeronautical and Automobile
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 05:19
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 05:19

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