Is titanium armor impenetrable by bullets?
- Charles CLv 71 decade agoBest Answer
Like the other answers I have to tell you no. It does depend on the bullet and thickness of the Titanium. As for the RPG that also depends. A bullet penetrates because of velocity, it punches through, like a nail through wood. RPG however depends on concussive force and is not concentrated in the point of impact. So on a vehicle it might well withstand an RPG. However anti-armor rounds contrary to popular belief do not usually penetrate from the impact but by melting through. The high explosive generates enough heat to melt a hole in the armor.
The Navy's newest rail gun which is designed for long range artillary though fires a projectile at such high speed that it could do both without high explosive. The recent test fired a round at Mach 5. At that speed an impact would both penetrate very heavy armor and generate so much heat that it would melt/ vaporize its way through.
- 4 years ago
Your idea has several holes: 1. Not all bullets have ferrous metals and those that do have more lead and copper than iron or steel. 2. For your idea to work the bullet it has to be magnetized with the opposite polarity of the armor. How's that going to happen? 3. Google "Mythbusters bullet magnet" (you will get Episode 95, James Bond Special) in which they found that a magnet will not alter the trajectory of a bullet. 4. If you had magnetic bullet proof armor that was strong enough to effect a high speed projectile from a foot away, then being near anything metal would totally suck for the wearer, including their own weapons and gear. Plus they would end up like a giant refrigerator magnet. 5. Where would all the energy go when the bullet's energy is absorbed so quickly? Probably into heat, electric field, and current. Again this would probably suck for the wearer because it would probably generate a mini-EMP blowing out any electronics he is wearing.
- uncledjm14Lv 51 decade ago
Titanium is pretty tough stuff, but, like the other answerer said, it depends on the bullet. I asked that question to someone in a titanium mill that I did service work in, they gave me a disc of 7/16 thick hardened titanium to try it on. An AK47 didn't even nick it, but a 30.06 went right through.
If your question stems from the Iron Man movie.(great movie), that's hollywood. I love the scene where he gets blasted by the tank, then turns around and wastes the tank. The round out of any tank's big gun is a pretty potent (and big) bullet. Great scene, but pretty implausible.
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- 1 decade ago
That's a big negative. While titanium is stronger than and will stop more types of rounds than steel armor it is not impenetrable. There is no armor at this time that is truly impenetrable.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
not so much. there are rounds to penetrate even the thickest of armor such as ap rounds(armor piercing) and ap incendiary. rpg? rpg could probably get through in 2 or 3 rounds.
- 1 decade ago
Diamond armor would be the only impenetrable armor.
- odogwunnaLv 41 decade ago
it depends on the bullet..