i ran some tests about the damage shrapnel does. however those are the only pictures i uploaded before formatting my computer.
steel: when i blasted steel pipes causing hypersonic shrapnel you can think of what it could do. atleast the same penetration as a armour piercing round from a .30 cal.
the powder used has a "flame" front that travels between 4000m/s and 5400m/s and the shrapnel gets just about all the energy since that is the only place the gasses can go.
Aluminium: it was sort of what i expected, a 3mm thick piece of pipe does what the picture shows in that speed. http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg26 ... C00782.jpg http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg26 ... C00781.jpg
PVC: no damage found.
if anyone can tell me a more exact speed of shrapnel i will know.
this may not relate to the topic but its just a comparison. PVC shrapnel did not do anything to the tree when exposed to a 25.000psi pressure wave traveling at REALLY high speeds.
my conclusion is to wrap that thing in blankets and fire it from a small distance, shrapnel wont penetrate blankets since it has no space to get its speed. just be pressed against the blankets inside.
mabe you could use it to get a more accurate description of shrapnel? blast it with a 3x hybrid mix and look at the damage. this requires remote control though.
a note: in Norway we cant get solid pressurerated PVC so the pipe used had a diameter of 2" and a wall thickness of 1mm. it's also pretty soft but the explosive used had a good bristance so it did make shrapnel that i could recover.
i bet no one read the whole post
just felt like telling it since everyone has so much questions about shrapnel.