Methodologies for the high resolution modeling of minefield dynamics
Anderson, Alan A.
Parry, Samuel H.
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Land mines are a continuing threat to the mobility required by the modern army. Efforts to develop solutions for the problems presented by mines are hampered by a lack of useful, realistic, high resolution models. To assist in developing the needed modeling capabilities, several methodologies are proposed. Methodologies for modeling vehicle navigation error, mine encounters, plow displacement of mines, bypassing obstructions and the presence of overwatching direct fires are developed and explained. These methodologies are then implemented using SIMSCRIPT and SIMGRAPHICS into a minefield breaching model. The model can be run in a graphics mode, allowing a visual validation of the model algorithms. The problem of plow width versus breaching force casualty rates is examined as an example of the potential utility of the model.
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