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Mine Drop Experiment II With Operational Mine Shapes (MIDEX II)

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Master's thesis

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The Navys Impact Burial Model IMPACT35 predicts the cylindrical mine trajectory in air and water columns and burial depth and orientation in sediment. Impact burial calculations are derived primarily from the sediment characteristics and from the mine s three-dimensional air and water phase trajectories. Accurate burial prediction requires that the model s water phase trajectory reasonably mimics the objects true trajectory. In order to determine what effect varying the shape to more closely match real-world mines has on the shape s water phase trajectory, Mine Drop Experiment II was conducted. The experiment consisted of dropping four separate types of scaled shapes Sphere, Gumdrop, Manta, and Rockan into a water column, and the resultant falls were filmed from two nearly orthogonal angles. Initial drop position, initial velocities, and the drop angle were controlled parameters. The Sphere and Gumdrop shapes tended to have smooth arcing drop paths. The Manta shape dropped much more slowly than the Sphere or Gumdrop shapes. The Manta had a tendency to either fall in a spiral with its bottom parallel to the bottom or on its side in a twisting motion. The Rockan tended to either flip or swoop as it entered the water but then settle in a slow spin with its primary length parallel to the bottom. The dispersion of all four shapes at the selected depth of 2.5 m was wide and variable. The data collected from the experiment can be used to develop and validate the mine Impact Burial Prediction Model with operational, non-cylindrical mine shapes.

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  • Land Mine Warfare
  • Ammunition and Explosives

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