O-065 The Use of Small-Scale Testing and Modelling in IM Assessment
In recent years, the NIMIC has pursued the goal of encouraging the use of the results of small-scale testing and modelling in IM assessments. The main reason for introducing such data, is to gain greater confidence in the ability to understand and, as a consequence, reduce the hazards associated with munitions. This continues to be of considerable importance to the IM community, striving towards reducing weapon vulnerability. Data from small-scale tests also give greater confidence in the interpretation of the results from statistically insignificant full-scale tests.
The most recent activity in this area was the holding of a workshop under the title "Small-scale Testing and Modelling". This dealt mainly with technical issues; capabilities and deficiencies in testing and modelling. The NIMIC is due to conduct a workshop in IM assessment Methodology, Nettuno, Italy 15-19 October 2001. At this workshop one of the proposed discussion topics is the methodology for using small-scale testing and modelling.
This paper attempts to bring together the work previously reported in this area. It covers the need for small-scale testing and modelling, current issues and methodologies for incorporating data into IM assessments.
This paper was presented at the NDIA 2001-IMEMTS EUROMURAT Symposium held in Bordeaux, France from 8 to 11 October 2001