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Great Turkish Bombard vs. a tank

  1. May 5, 2010 #1
    OK so maybe this is kind of a dumb question, but my curiosity has been killing me so I thought I'd post this here and see if someone with expertise in physics can help me.

    I'm a history buff, and a friend of mine mentioned a story he heard about a Napoleonic War-era cannon being pulled out of a museum and used during the defense of Moscow in World War II because the situation was so urgent. He wasn't sure if it was true or not, but that's beside the point.

    This made me wonder... what would happen if someone loaded up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles_Gun" [Broken] and fired it into a modern tank?

    The Great Turkish Bombard could fire a 550 kg projectile that was 63 cm in diameter.
    I don't know what kind of muzzle velocity it could achieve, but some 15th century cannons could reach around 250 meters per second.

    A http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-72" [Broken], just as an example, has 500 mm of composite steel armor.

    Would the blast dent the tank? Would it move it or even penetrate the armor?
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  3. May 29, 2017 #2
    as the ball weight is 550 kilograms and moving at 260 meters per second will produse 1.521 kilojoules or brute force.That s more than today s modern tanks impact force.But lets say you fire the stone ball to the tank,lets say the tank is a M1 abrams,the stone ball will break upon impact into pieces and the tank survive but the crew inside will feel the force but will live to tell the tail.Even if it was a steel ball the tank would still survive.Think that if the cannon could penetrate the today s tank armor then they wouldnt have a purpose to exit at modern military arsenal.And last but not least every military has tested their armor against ancient projectiles to see if it will stand up against them good.I hope i helped you
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