Basic Simple Modeling of Balloting Motion of Railgun Projectiles.
ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER PICATINNY ARSENAL NJ FIRE SUPPORT ARMAMENT CENTER
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This is the second of three basic reports dealing with the in-bore balloting motion of a projectile launched in an electromagnetic railgun. The first report addressed axial projectile motion without cocking and was titled A Basic Single Model of In-bore Motion of Railgun Projectiles. Understanding the inbore motion of a projectile is important to its design and its ability to hit a target with some effectiveness. Analysis of in-bore motion is a complicated problem since many parameters are involved and the interacting relationships between them must be determined. To make the problem easier to understand, it was analyzed on several levels beginning with the basic simple model which computed only the axial motion and followed by more complicated models in the upper analysis levels that included as many lateral forces and gun tube vibration effects as possible. This report deals with the second basic or zero level of balloting analysis. A basic simple model considering only the effect of the propulsion force, the friction force of the armature, and the clearance between the projectile and the barrel is presented. The computation of the axial projectile motion with a certain cocking angle is the goal of this analysis. Equations of motion are derived and solved. A sample computation with available data is performed and the results plotted to give a clearer understanding of balloting action.
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