Investigating the fundamental enabling technologies that underpin the design of a guided small calibre projectile

Lead Research Organisation: CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
Department Name: Cranfield Defence and Security

Abstract

A variety of methods for guiding small calibre projectiles have been presented. The designs shown were chosen to represent different methods of achieving translational motion. There likely exist alternative designs to those shown and these may be more or less efficient. Little data exists from these sources pertaining to the effectiveness of such methods. As such, it would be highly advantageous for one to design a test to quantitatively compare the effectiveness of the above designs. James is working on the concept development of a small Arms guided bullet. The aim of the project is to explore miniaturisation of guidance and control systems which can be accommodated in a bullet having a diameter of 7.62 to enhance its accuracy or first round hit probability. Therefore project has three distinct stages. Understanding of external ballistics of a small arm bullet. Appreciation of guidance and control systems available which can be accommodated in a small bullet. Integration of two systems.

People

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James Norris (Student)

Publications

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James Norris (2022) A novel quasi-dynamic guidance law for a dynamic dual-spin projectile with non-conventional, asymmetric roll constraints in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G

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Norris J (2020) A review of dual-spin projectile stability in Defence Technology

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Norris J (2022) A novel quasi-dynamic guidance law for a dynamic dual-spin projectile with non-conventional, asymmetric roll constraints in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R511894/1 30/09/2017 29/09/2022
1983166 Studentship EP/R511894/1 01/10/2017 29/09/2021 James Norris
 
Description A new way of controlling a projectile has been shown to be feasible, which allows the guidance of small calibre projectiles, such as bullets, using currently available technology.
Exploitation Route The design of any small-calibre guided weapons will use the outcome of this research to guide the design process and analyse the results.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine