Accession Number:

ADA222589

Title:

A Comparison of Damage Functions for Use in Artillery Effectiveness Codes

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 1989-Jan 1990

Corporate Author:

ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

76.0

Abstract:

In mathematical combat simulation, it is common to model indirect fire area weapons in two independent steps First, specific detonation points of the incoming warheads are selected using Monte Carlo methods. Then, each target element is located with respect to each warhead detonation point and the probability of achieving some levels of damage are determined, usually from the separation and orientation of each warhead-target pair. In practical cases, closed form functions are used to calculate the probability of damage. These functions are most often in one of two forms the Carleton-von Neumann Carleton and the Cookie-Cutter CC forms. Indirect fire simulations of this type are commonly done in the Ballistics Research Laboratory, especially as an intrinsic part of analyses using the AURA methodology. When attention was turned toward new, more accurate weaponry, it was seen that the apparent effectiveness of two otherwise identical weapons might be significantly different if a Carleton were used for one and a CC for the other. This observation led to the present study of the Carleton and Cookie Cutter, the formulation of a hybrid function the Klopcic function and the development of a user-friendly, menu-driven computer code to calculate the effectiveness of artillery attacks upon collections of different targets.

Subject Categories:

  • Target Direction, Range and Position Finding

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE