The dynamics or “ringing” of a projectile structure at gun-muzzle exit has been observed to cause a large number of electronics failures in projectiles as well as possible safety concerns with respect to components impacting one another or structural components of the projectile coming apart. Current numerical tools allow accurate calculation of the muzzle exit event given that the engineer understands the forces acting on the projectile. Dynamic response of a structure is well understood by persons working in the field; however, engineers who do not regularly deal with dynamic analyses generally have difficulty interpreting results from both analyses and tests. This paper details the mathematics associated with this event so that the engineer confronted with a dynamics related issue can have a reference for understanding and interpretation. The results of a simple model show that accelerometer data should be used with caution and the support of a finite element analysis of the projectile structure with the proper pressure decay is usually necessary. Recommendations for use of measured acceleration data for modeling and simulation are provided.

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