Automatic Optimization of Warhead Performance Measures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,909.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-04-C-1050
Award Id:
68070
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-2999
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3620 Horizon Drive, King of Prussia, PA, 19406
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
877599274
Principal Investigator:
William Flis
Director of Research
(610) 270-9700
flis@detk.com
Business Contact:
Robert Ciccarelli
Vice President, Engineeri
(610) 270-9700
ciccarelli@detk.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to develop an improved system for optimizing the design of explosive warheads. Current warhead optimization technique will be advanced on several fronts. The optimization strategy will be modified to take advantage of an abundance of computer power: in each optimization step, "extra" simultaneous warhead-performance computations will be performed to: 1) explore a larger domain of the design space; 2) reduce the effects of numerical noise; and 3) compute higher-order derivatives of the objective function. This will allow more rapid achievement of design goals. For each type of warhead, we will establish a set of intermediate warhead-performance quality measures that are specific to that warhead's ultimate performance goals; special post-processing software will be developed to evaluate these objective functions from hydrocode output. This will ensure that an optimization successfully results in optimal performance of the warhead against its intended targets.

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