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Shock and Vibration
Volume 8 (2001), Issue 3-4, Pages 131-139
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2001/983024

Lessons Learned on the Application of Vibration Absorbers for Enhanced Cannon Stabilization

Eric Kathe

US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Benet Laboratories Watervliet Arsenal, NY 12189-4050, USA

Received 15 October 2001; Revised 15 October 2001

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper will summarize the successful application of muzzle-end vibration absorbers to reduce cannon vibration. This technology constitutes a weapons stabilization approach that focuses on passive mechanical structural modification of the cannon, rather than relying upon an external control law to actively cancel vibrations. Challenges encountered during field testing, non-ideal behavior, and performance evaluation using digital signal processing will be highlighted.