A cylindrical missile, assumed to be of a rigid-plastic material strikes a nonyielding target normally and end-on. Above a certain (critical) velocity the nose of the missile disintegrates or spatters, and below that velocity the nose flattens to a mushroom form. The contact force decreases with decreasing velocity during impact but experiences a jump as the critical velocity is passed during slowdown. This paper gives a method of calculating the critical velocity and the contact force as function of time, as well as the time variations of the other parameters of the impact process.

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