Radial expansion and subsequent fracture into segments of thin-walled cylindrical shells at large initial strain rates are studied analytically and experimentally. The theory of probability along with a description of relief wave propagation away from each fracture is used to formulate a theory which predicts the number of fractures and the distribution of fragment lengths. Eleven 6061-T6 Aluminum cylinders were expanded at strain rates of ∼104 s−1 by magnetic pressure pulses from a capacitor bank discharge, and these results are compared with predictions. Good agreement is shown between experimental results and predictions. In addition, the physical and material parameters to which the problem is sensitive are discussed.

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