Accession Number:

ADB015617

Title:

Development of Optimum Theoretical Warhead Design Criteria

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jan-May 1976

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

A study was conducted to develop optimum theoretical warhead design criteria. Weight, diameter and length constraints were considered based on a solid cylinder with no end confinement. End effects were also considered and treated using correction factors in the form of exponential functions of length- to-diameter ratios. Using these parameters, three general qualitative conclusions were drawn 1 the greater the warhead length, the greater its initial fragment kinetic energy, 2 the mathematical models developed indicate that the optimum charge-to-metal mass ratio CM is greater than 1.4 and that a decreased length-to-diameter ratio results in higher optimum CMs and 3 optimum warhead case material, from the standpoint of initial fragment kinetic energy, is a function of warhead weight, length and diameter. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Guided Missile Reentry Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE