Accession Number:

ADA416264

Title:

Operator's Manual for the Ballistic Data Acquisition System (BDAS)

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory ARL purchased hardware and software from National Instruments, Inc., to improve its existing data collection system in support of ballistic testing of military systems. The hardware and software have been configured with a personal computer to create a stand-alone, computer-controlled, data acquisition system with real-time data display. The data acquisition system is called BDAS, an acronym for ballistic data acquisition system. The first priority was to establish a reliable capability that met ARLs existing and near future needs. ARL is already planning improvements for EDAS 1 to add the capability to measure accelerometers and strain gauges, and 2 to move the instrumentation into the field to reduce the length of the signal cables. The purpose of this manual is to provide the intended user with a basic understanding of how to set up and use this system, not to document the actual software coding. This report describes how to use the EDAS software to properly configure the data collection channels, to create and calibrate probe files, to use the system to verify data channels and probes before testing, and to acquire and save test data.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Ballistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE