Debris Characterisation and Modelling (DeCaM) Software Improvements


  1. Dinovitzer, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);Fleet Technology Ltd, Kanata ONT (CAN)
While both the potential lethality and the random nature of behind armour-debris have been recognised, practical means of their quantitative prediction have not been developed. In an effort to bridge this gap DREV initiated a project to develop a basis for vulnerability and lethality modelling which resulted in the development of the Debris Characterisation and Modelling (DeCaM) software. The following report outlines the work completed to improve and extend the behind-armour (BA) debris characterisation and modelling capabilities of DeCaM. This report does not try to repeat all of the theory developed for the DeCaM software but focuses on the studies completed in this development effort and the modifications which were implemented to produce DeCaM 2.0. A detailed description of the software and its operation is presented in the DeCaM on-line help system. This report presented the literature and analytical technique reviews completed in support of this development work, details of the BA debris characterisation and modelling improvements, descriptions of the DeCaM software improvements and concludes with some future development recommendations for the way ahead. The literature review, in addition to providing background information for the implemented modifications, indicated that backsplash was not a concern for conventional (velocity < 1500 m/s) ammunition and that the existing spall modelling techniques required further development before they could be implemented in the D
Behind-armor debris (BAD);DeCaM (Debris Characterization and Modelling software);Effectiveness assessment;Spall liners
Report Number
DREV-CR-2003-091;FTL-4799FR — W7701-7-3386/001-XSK
Date of publication
01 Aug 1999
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