Bloodhound components exceed expectations

Posted on 01/05/2015 by IED

As the design and build of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) now moves into the final few months before heading off to South Africa to challenge the world land speed record, Morgan Advanced Materials has conducted specialist ballistic testing on the panels it has provided to form part of the driver cockpit.

Morgan's lightweight composite armour panels are fitted to the carbon fibre 'monocoque' – a rigid cell in which driver Andy Green will sit – shaped to provide optimum aerodynamics, as well as efficient air intake.

Located at both port and starboard, Morgan's panels will protect the driver as, at high speed, any shale or debris from the ground or the solid aluminium wheels could become a deadly projectile during one of the runs.

The Bloodhound Team travelled to Morgan's Composites & Defence Systems Global Technical Centre in Coventry to validate the ballistic testing, which took the form of a 20mm fragment simulating projectile (FSP) representative of the largest section of wheel that could potentially detach during the run.

Aiming to withstand an energy rating of 22kJ – equivalent to a cricket ball travelling at 1,175mph –the FSP was to be fired at an expected speed of 980m/s (2,000mph) meaning the test was conducted at a faster velocity than required.


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