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Ammunition Storage Analysis Model

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In 1965 Edwin A. Keeble Associates, Inc. was the first group to start looking at ways to compute magazine requirements for ammunition. Before that time, a number of rule of thumb methods for computations had been used. Using the findings of the Keeble Associates and the Navy rules for storing ammunition in OP 5, I have developed an ammunition storage model for determining magazine requirements. The Ammunition Storage Analysis Model is a series of computer programs that simulate a mixed-integer linear program. The Ammunition Storage Analysis Model attempts to determine the best locations to safely store a given quantity of ammunition in a given set of magazines. Best being defined as storing with the least amount of wasted space. Wasted space is defined as the difference between a magazines physical capacity volume and the volume of the material stored in the magazine. The model uses two basic types of magazines. The igloo, with 25 by 80 foot being the standard, Figures 1 2 and the box, with the 50 by 100 SPP being the standard.Figures 3 4 The model does takes into consideration other non-standard sizes. The model has to take into consideration, as well as physical size and shape of the magazines, the physical size of the ammunition, and the safety characteristics of the ammunition. That is, ammunition from one compatibility group can not be stored with ammunition from another compatibility group, and the total N.E.W. for any quantity distance factor cannot exceed the allowable N.E.W. for each magazine for that quantity distance factor. Safety factors of OP 5 are also considered. That is, you can not store ammunition within 6 inches of the back wall, side walls or ceiling and not within 2 feet 6 inches of the front wall. Eighteen inches aisles are left between every other stack of ammunition to allow for inventory and inspections.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Safety Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Ammunition and Explosives

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