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Ballistics: Theory and Design of Guns and Ammunition, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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"This book represents a complete self-contained reference for ballistics experts and gun designers. The material is written to allow the reader instant access to the fundamentals in the field, and shows practical examples across the entire spectrum of ballistics and guns. This is the only book that brings decades of research and engineering into one source that is readily accessible to both laymen and experts alike."
––Kirk Vanden, Air Force Research Laboratory

"This expanded second edition of Ballistics: Theory and Design of Guns and Ammunition fills a critical need in the conventional weapons design arena by providing a balanced, technically detailed treatment of the field of ballistics. This text clearly presents the development of the physical theories and their application to the solution of real problems. The authors have created a valuable introduction to the technical world of ballistics."
––Dr. Thomas A. Mason, Weapons Physics Directorate, Los Alamos National Laboratory

""This book is a good reference as well as an outstanding book for teaching. There are a significant number of problems at the end of the chapters and this is always very helpful for teaching purposes."
––Dr. Carl T. Dyka, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren,Virginia, USA

"The book can be used as a study text for ballistic courses, as it was written in a reader-friendly style and format. The authors explain the fundamental physics, theory and design techniques for each area of ballistics."
Advances in Military Technology, June 2016

About the Author

Donald E. Carlucci has been an engineer at the U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, since May 1989. He is currently the U.S. Army senior scientist for computational structural modeling based at Picatinny. He holds a doctor of philosophy in mechanical engineering (2002) and a master of engineering (mechanical) (1995) degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1987, he received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Carlucci is an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Sidney S. Jacobson was a researcher, designer, and developer of ammunition and weapons at the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey for 35 years. He rose from junior engineer to associate director for R&D at the arsenal. In 1972, he was awarded an Arsenal Educational Fellowship to study continuum mechanics at Princeton University where he received his second MS degree (1974). He earned a master of science in applied mechanics from Stevens Institute of Technology (1958) and a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Brooklyn College (1951). He retired in 1986 but maintains his interest in the field through teaching, consulting, and lecturing.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (August 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466564377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466564374
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nathan F. Okun on August 29, 2015
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This discussion concerning how a projectile starts its flight, flies to the target, and does things to the target is rather complete. My expertise is more in terminal ballistics (what happens against steel armor), but I learned a number of things I had not found previously in any other source. The only thing that I would like is a set of tables giving common examples of the values of various quantities used in the formulae, such as the "Hugonoit Elastic Limit" used in the metal armor always-ricochet angle formulae, for example -- a formula cannot be tested if the values necessary to solve it are not available. Tables for chemical parameters are included, but not the needed metallurgical parameters. Alternatively, sources for finding these parameters could be included in the text. Minor point, though.
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Make no mistake, this is a college textbook. The text requires an in depth understanding of physics (two semesters of physics with calculus) and calculus (at least three semesters to include three dimensional analysis; scalars, dot product, cross product and the like). As well as two semesters in general chemistry. This is not a text for the home ammunition re-manufacturer, or the precision long range hunter. Look elsewhere for texts on these subjects.
Having said that, this text is in depth and offers an education in the specifics of ballistics. As with most CRC textbooks, they are competitively priced and usually monochromatic.
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One of the best books on the subject. Easy to follow derivations developed from physical concepts. Each chapter ends with example problems for the reader to practice the concepts presented therein.
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This is a book on ballistics, it is a book deals with it in math terms not basic concepts. If your are just wanting to learn basics this is not the book for low level learning.
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Very good, easy to understand and follow.
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