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Title: Procedure for categorizing ground vehicles
Authors: United States. Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.
Baylot, E. Alex.
Gates, Burhman Q.
Keywords: Bins
Computer generated forces
Semi-automated forces
War games
Military transportation
Military vehicles
Military engineering
Publisher: Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/GSL TR ; 02-21.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: This report presents the procedures and findings of categorizing ground vehicles while providing the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) community with a set of common categories and common representative vehicles. The procedure successfu lly used currently available parameterizations for ground vehicles and then used a subset of those vehicles to represent other vehicles with similar mobility performances. This was accomplished by defining the categorization, devising a practical binning system, and sorting the vehicles into those bins. A sensitivity analysis was performed to evaluate the robustness of the categorization mechanism against changes in the values of vehicle input parameters. Existing bins and representative vehicles were taken from WARSIM 2000 and JWARS. New bins were named for vehicles that defied classification into those bins. The resulting set of bins is provided in th is report and includes the new groups of amphibious tracked, amphibious wheeled vehicles, and small vehicles (< 500 kg). Based on the findings of this research, it is recommended that the 12 bins for categorizing ground vehicles be accepted as a standard for the M&S community and be accepted for the U.S. Army Standards Repository System and the M&S Resource Repository. It is further recommended that current and future wargame simulations and decision support systems adopt the categorization procedure and bins documented within this report. Further refinement of this procedure may be accomplished by obtaining a larger set of vehicle data and predicting mobility on a larger set of terrain databases. Additionally, prior to analysis or during the course of simulation, allowing the flexibility of changing the representative vehicles of bins as a function of terrain conditions and features (i.e., plains, hills, obstacles) would better model the performance of a particular vehicle without being vehicle specific. This is recommended as the next level of resolution increase.
United States. Army Models and Simulations Office.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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