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shrapnel and shell splinters


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Is the velocity of shrapnel balls known and can science estimate the possible velocity of shell spinters? I presume that there must be some data on shrapnel.

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Shrapnel bullets were well enough understood to be able to calculate their kinetic energy. Shell fragments initally have something close to the velocity of HE detonation, this varies quite widely depending on the type of HE. The also lose velocity quite quickly due to air resistance and their very unaerodynamic shape.

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