Steel plates with explosive cladding are used all over the world because of their special properties.
It sometimes happens that the steel plate cracks during the explosive cladding. This situation is often aggravated by poor quality of initial plates used for cladding.
Moreover, it is essential to know the loading and unloading stages of the plates during the explosive cladding as well as the types and sizes of defects.
These thick plates are commonly used for explosive cladding.
The poor quality of the initial plates with nonpermissible cracks is often the main cause of their destruction during explosive cladding. The material properties in the joint area as well as cracks must be included in the selection criteria of the initial plates (Figure 1).