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alecsandros the meaning stability you use here is not the meaning of the ballistics term "stability", wich describes the ability of a projectile to maintain its orientation within flight, despite disturbances.
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That was essentially my point.Pandora wrote:...or it could have been anything but the fact is that it was 3 straddles and 3 hits.
For one straddle/hit/near straddle that wouldn't be an unreasonable speculation however given 3 hits, 3 straddles, and more "effective" salvos it becomes very problematic.good luck maybe?lwd wrote:Then how do you explain the hits, straddles, and near straddles?
I strongly suspect that's what they meant by "effective salvo". It would really help to have the form that contains info each salvo by PoW.I dont know of any "near straddles", just 2 straddles + 1 other probable resulting in 3 hits, total salvos 18.
For any particular salvo it would indeed be good luck. However if you are only firing two shells if you get a straddle the only way to get a hit is an underwater hit or one that passes through the ships upper works. With one shell you obviously can't straddle yet there are indeed records of hits. Look at the number of ships sunk by submarine deck guns for instance. Even with 3 shells if o ne hits the odds on a straddle (not counting the cases mentioned above) is still only 50%. Which would indeed suggest that it isn't at all unreasonable to think that one of PoW hits may have come from a salvo that didn't straddle.ummm, getting hits without straddling the taget, that is what I call good luck!lwd wrote: PoW fired 18 salvos and 55 rounds that works out to just a bit over 3 rounds per salvo. Furthermore her first salvo was with 6 guns and her second with 5 I believe. If you take out these two ranging salvos then we have 16 salves and 44 rounds which is 2.75 rounds per salvo. The implication is clear she could have had a good range and still not straddled on a number of occasions. It's even possible that one or more of the hits were on salvos that didn't straddle.
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The numbers I quoted don't include the last three "salvoes" where a total of 4 rounds were fired under local control by Y turret. That should have been rather obvious from the discussion up to this point. It's also worth pointing out that I didn't post this originally.alecsandros wrote:NO.lwd wrote: PoW fired 18 salvos and 55 rounds that works out to just a bit over 3 rounds per salvo..
21 salvos and 59 rounds.
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Regarding stability vs caliber, Alecsandros wrote:
"I think it's pretty self explanatory.
An obvious empirical example comes from GKDOS100, where shell with larger caliber give smaller dispersion at longer range than their smaller caliber cousins. Assuming same gun and mount characteristics, the obvious explanation is shell trajectory  and the way it is influenced on the way by the external ballistics variables...
And I have a distinct feeling of Deja Vu. Have we discussed this before ?"
I don't recall having discussed this before, but certainly could be wrong. The relationship between dispersion, range, and caliber that you note is not due to projectile stability per se, but largely reflects the fact that to reach any given range, a smaller projectile (with a smaller ballistic coefficient) will usually have a more highly curved, hence longer, trajectory. Stability per se remains the same from bullet to bullet, but for a smaller projectile the trajectory and the time of flight will be longer and there is therefore more time and distance over which small disturbances can work. This does not mean that the smaller projectile is inherently lessstable, only that because in theoretical terms the stability can only be optimized for a single range, that a similarlystable projectile will have more time and distance over which to go off course a bit.
For spinstabilized projectiles, one can nominalize stability for a given range band by changing the twist of the rifling; in general terms, it will be found that the higher the angle of departure, the slower the best possible twist will be. A lot also has to do with projectile length; so far as stability is concerned, longer bullets, e.g. 4.5 caliber long projectiles, will generally do lesswell than shorter ones as range increases.
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"I think it's pretty self explanatory.
An obvious empirical example comes from GKDOS100, where shell with larger caliber give smaller dispersion at longer range than their smaller caliber cousins. Assuming same gun and mount characteristics, the obvious explanation is shell trajectory  and the way it is influenced on the way by the external ballistics variables...
And I have a distinct feeling of Deja Vu. Have we discussed this before ?"
I don't recall having discussed this before, but certainly could be wrong. The relationship between dispersion, range, and caliber that you note is not due to projectile stability per se, but largely reflects the fact that to reach any given range, a smaller projectile (with a smaller ballistic coefficient) will usually have a more highly curved, hence longer, trajectory. Stability per se remains the same from bullet to bullet, but for a smaller projectile the trajectory and the time of flight will be longer and there is therefore more time and distance over which small disturbances can work. This does not mean that the smaller projectile is inherently lessstable, only that because in theoretical terms the stability can only be optimized for a single range, that a similarlystable projectile will have more time and distance over which to go off course a bit.
For spinstabilized projectiles, one can nominalize stability for a given range band by changing the twist of the rifling; in general terms, it will be found that the higher the angle of departure, the slower the best possible twist will be. A lot also has to do with projectile length; so far as stability is concerned, longer bullets, e.g. 4.5 caliber long projectiles, will generally do lesswell than shorter ones as range increases.
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you mean the orientation of the nose in respect to the expected trajectory ?Thorsten Wahl wrote:alecsandros the meaning stability you use here is not the meaning of the ballistics term "stability", wich describes the ability of a projectile to maintain its orientation within flight, despite disturbances.
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...then do we agree that 3 hits out of 3 straddles requires a lot of luck?lwd wrote:That was essentially my point.Pandora wrote:...or it could have been anything but the fact is that it was 3 straddles and 3 hits.
I dont have that impression but you are entitled to their own opinionlwd wrote:For one straddle/hit/near straddle that wouldn't be an unreasonable speculation however given 3 hits, 3 straddles, and more "effective" salvos it becomes very problematic.good luck maybe?lwd wrote:Then how do you explain the hits, straddles, and near straddles?
haven't you read it? all other salvos were seen as short or over.lwd wrote:I strongly suspect that's what they meant by "effective salvo". It would really help to have the form that contains info each salvo by PoW.I dont know of any "near straddles", just 2 straddles + 1 other probable resulting in 3 hits, total salvos 18.
exactly and since the odds are so low, even if you straddle, to get a hit luck has a lot to do.lwd wrote:For any particular salvo it would indeed be good luck. However if you are only firing two shells if you get a straddle the only way to get a hit is an underwater hit or one that passes through the ships upper works. With one shell you obviously can't straddle yet there are indeed records of hits. Look at the number of ships sunk by submarine deck guns for instance. Even with 3 shells if one hits the odds on a straddle (not counting the cases mentioned above) is still only 50%.ummm, getting hits without straddling the taget, that is what I call good luck!lwd wrote: PoW fired 18 salvos and 55 rounds that works out to just a bit over 3 rounds per salvo. Furthermore her first salvo was with 6 guns and her second with 5 I believe. If you take out these two ranging salvos then we have 16 salves and 44 rounds which is 2.75 rounds per salvo. The implication is clear she could have had a good range and still not straddled on a number of occasions. It's even possible that one or more of the hits were on salvos that didn't straddle.
problem is that all PoW salvos that didn't straddle were reported as short or over.lwd wrote:Which would indeed suggest that it isn't at all unreasonable to think that one of PoW hits may have come from a salvo that didn't straddle.
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NO. We agree that there were 3 hits and 3 straddles as I have stated it's not at all clear that all 3 hits were assoicated with the straddles or even that there were 3 straddles (isn't one of them questionable?).Pandora wrote:...then do we agree that 3 hits out of 3 straddles requires a lot of luck?lwd wrote:That was essentially my point.Pandora wrote:...or it could have been anything but the fact is that it was 3 straddles and 3 hits.
And all the shell splashes from each of these salvoes was accounted for? Or could there for instance been a 3 gun salvo where 2 shorts were observed and no longs or conversely one where 2 longs were observed and no shorts? I haven't seen the detailed descritpion of each salvo by any means and no one has linked it to my knowledge or reported it in this thread... haven't you read it? all other salvos were seen as short or over.
LIkewise not to hit is a matter of luck.exactly and since the odds are so low, even if you straddle, to get a hit luck has a lot to do.

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Hello Bill,Wm Jurens wrote:
For spinstabilized projectiles, one can nominalize stability for a given range band by changing the twist of the rifling; in general terms, it will be found that the higher the angle of departure, the slower the best possible twist will be. A lot also has to do with projectile length; so far as stability is concerned, longer bullets, e.g. 4.5 caliber long projectiles, will generally do lesswell than shorter ones as range increases.
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Thanks for the insights,
Just a quick though  doesn't the smaller mass of the smaller projectile make the wind turbulences more evident ? I'm guessing a 1000kg shell mantains it's trajectory better than a 100kg shell from the same family of shells, when facing highwinds of 3040m/s ?
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Just guessing but if the shapes are the same then the ballistic coeffiecents should at least be close. Givent that the force of the wind will be porportional to the area presented which is going to vary as the square of the linear dimensions and the acceleration will vary as this force divided by the mass which will vary as the cube of the linear dimensions. So all other factors (including velocity) being the same I think you are correct the larger projectiles hould experiance less "windage".
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Alecsandros:
You are correct insofar as a smaller projectile will have a much smaller mass than a larger one will, and will therefore be somewhat more susceptible to buffeting. The effects would not be that great unless atmospheric conditions were extreme. I doubt if anyone would be shooting anything at all in 40 m/s wind velocities; if my calculations are correct that's equivalent to about 90 miles per hour.
IWD:
You are confusing drag coefficient with ballistic coefficient. The ballistic coefficient (here described in somewhat simplifed form for the purposes of this discussion) is proportional to mass/(drag coefficient * cal^2) and increases very rapidly with caliber. Projectiles of the same shape might be expected to have similar drag coefficients as the drag coefficient is, in most cases, basically independent of size, but the drag coefficent is not really closely linked to the ballistic coefficient at all. Drag is defined by projectile shape. In practical terms  as in the simplified formula above  the ballistic coefficient is really related to both caliber and shape, caliber controlling the mass and shape controlling the drag coefficient.
It is, overall, correct to state that in general smaller projectiles are somewhat less accurate than larger ones, and although some of this is due to the factors you mention, the primary cause of increased dispersion can be generally related to the need for a smaller projectile to traverse a longer trajectory length and experience a longer time of flight to reach a given range.
My original question related to the issue of projectile stability to describe this phenomenon, but in reality stability, as the term is conventionally applied, is not very closely linked to the ballistic coefficient or the drag coefficient at all; it's mostly controlled by spin  or, in the case of longer projectiles  via fins.
Hope this helps...
Bill Jurens
You are correct insofar as a smaller projectile will have a much smaller mass than a larger one will, and will therefore be somewhat more susceptible to buffeting. The effects would not be that great unless atmospheric conditions were extreme. I doubt if anyone would be shooting anything at all in 40 m/s wind velocities; if my calculations are correct that's equivalent to about 90 miles per hour.
IWD:
You are confusing drag coefficient with ballistic coefficient. The ballistic coefficient (here described in somewhat simplifed form for the purposes of this discussion) is proportional to mass/(drag coefficient * cal^2) and increases very rapidly with caliber. Projectiles of the same shape might be expected to have similar drag coefficients as the drag coefficient is, in most cases, basically independent of size, but the drag coefficent is not really closely linked to the ballistic coefficient at all. Drag is defined by projectile shape. In practical terms  as in the simplified formula above  the ballistic coefficient is really related to both caliber and shape, caliber controlling the mass and shape controlling the drag coefficient.
It is, overall, correct to state that in general smaller projectiles are somewhat less accurate than larger ones, and although some of this is due to the factors you mention, the primary cause of increased dispersion can be generally related to the need for a smaller projectile to traverse a longer trajectory length and experience a longer time of flight to reach a given range.
My original question related to the issue of projectile stability to describe this phenomenon, but in reality stability, as the term is conventionally applied, is not very closely linked to the ballistic coefficient or the drag coefficient at all; it's mostly controlled by spin  or, in the case of longer projectiles  via fins.
Hope this helps...
Bill Jurens
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PoW gunnery report:
http://www.hmshood.org.uk/reference/off ... 09guns.htm
PoW salvo ranges with short/over/straddle per salvo:
http://www.hmshood.org.uk/reference/off ... encIVa.gif
PoW salvo rounds/salvo:
http://www.sfu.ca/~dmunro/PoW_salvo_a.jpg
http://www.hmshood.org.uk/reference/off ... 09guns.htm
PoW salvo ranges with short/over/straddle per salvo:
http://www.hmshood.org.uk/reference/off ... encIVa.gif
PoW salvo rounds/salvo:
http://www.sfu.ca/~dmunro/PoW_salvo_a.jpg
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For those of you who haven't read it, or haven't read the updated version, here is Bill Jurens article on the sinking of the Hood:
http://www.navweaps.com/index_inro/INRO_Hood_p1.htm
http://www.navweaps.com/index_inro/INRO_Hood_p1.htm

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lwd wrote:Just guessing but if the shapes are the same then the ballistic coeffiecents should at least be close. Givent that the force of the wind will be porportional to the area presented which is going to vary as the square of the linear dimensions and the acceleration will vary as this force divided by the mass which will vary as the cube of the linear dimensions. So all other factors (including velocity) being the same I think you are correct the larger projectiles hould experiance less "windage".
..... The rules of thumb as I understand them were that, all other things being equal, dispersion varied approximately directly with range and inversely and directly with gun caliber. In other words, at a range (say, 16.000 yards) where a 12in salvo from a well calibrated gun battery could achieve a 100 yard pattern, the best that could be achieved by a similarly calibrated 6in battery would be about 200 yards, and that both patterns would be doubled in dimensions at twice the range.
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Regarding projectile stability.
I have been having great difficulty posting to this board lately. The following is a rewritten repost of material submitted yesterday, which apparently did not make it on to the thread. This post may stand on its own, but if the other appears as well, there will be some redundancy. I do hope this one makes it.
Alecsandros wrote:
"Just a quick though  doesn't the smaller mass of the smaller projectile make the wind turbulences more evident ? I'm guessing a 1000kg shell mantains it's trajectory better than a 100kg shell from the same family of shells, when facing highwinds of 3040m/s ?"
Yes, all things being equal, a smaller projectile will be more affected by local turbulence. This is not really a stability issue however, as the term is commonly used, and the differences overall are not large. I doubt if anyone would be shooting in 35 m/s winds anyway, as  if my equations are correct  this amounts to a wind of about 80 miles per hour. That's a special case. Basically, stability  at least as traditionally defined  is nearly independent of caliber.
To IWD:
You are apparently confusing the drag coefficient and the ballistic coefficient. The ballistic coefficient may be simply defined essentially as mass/(drag coefficient * cal^2). The drag coefficient takes into account the effects of projectile shape and is essentially independent of projectile mass. The caliber has a very great effect on the mass, so larger projectiles will have a much greater ballistic coefficient even though the drag coefficient (which is dependent upon shape) may remain the same. It is incorrect to conclude that projectiles of the same shape but of differing caliber will have (nearly) identical ballistic coefficients. As an aside, it's worth noting that In spinstabilized projectiles, 'stability', as the term is normally used, is essentially independent of drag coefficient or ballistic coefficient.
As noted earlier, in properly designed gun systems, dispersion is primarily related to trajectory length and (what is nearly the same thing) timeofflight. The effect of projectile caliber, per se  though by no means nonexistent  is rather small. The increase in dispersion at range is primarily due to the fact that smaller projectiles, for comparable initial velocities, suffer proportionately more drag and therefore require a larger angle of departure to reach any given range. This results in a longer trajectory and an increased time of flight. If range were measured in projectile calibers instead of absolute units such as yards or meters, little difference would be apparent.
Hope this helps...
Bill Jurens
I have been having great difficulty posting to this board lately. The following is a rewritten repost of material submitted yesterday, which apparently did not make it on to the thread. This post may stand on its own, but if the other appears as well, there will be some redundancy. I do hope this one makes it.
Alecsandros wrote:
"Just a quick though  doesn't the smaller mass of the smaller projectile make the wind turbulences more evident ? I'm guessing a 1000kg shell mantains it's trajectory better than a 100kg shell from the same family of shells, when facing highwinds of 3040m/s ?"
Yes, all things being equal, a smaller projectile will be more affected by local turbulence. This is not really a stability issue however, as the term is commonly used, and the differences overall are not large. I doubt if anyone would be shooting in 35 m/s winds anyway, as  if my equations are correct  this amounts to a wind of about 80 miles per hour. That's a special case. Basically, stability  at least as traditionally defined  is nearly independent of caliber.
To IWD:
You are apparently confusing the drag coefficient and the ballistic coefficient. The ballistic coefficient may be simply defined essentially as mass/(drag coefficient * cal^2). The drag coefficient takes into account the effects of projectile shape and is essentially independent of projectile mass. The caliber has a very great effect on the mass, so larger projectiles will have a much greater ballistic coefficient even though the drag coefficient (which is dependent upon shape) may remain the same. It is incorrect to conclude that projectiles of the same shape but of differing caliber will have (nearly) identical ballistic coefficients. As an aside, it's worth noting that In spinstabilized projectiles, 'stability', as the term is normally used, is essentially independent of drag coefficient or ballistic coefficient.
As noted earlier, in properly designed gun systems, dispersion is primarily related to trajectory length and (what is nearly the same thing) timeofflight. The effect of projectile caliber, per se  though by no means nonexistent  is rather small. The increase in dispersion at range is primarily due to the fact that smaller projectiles, for comparable initial velocities, suffer proportionately more drag and therefore require a larger angle of departure to reach any given range. This results in a longer trajectory and an increased time of flight. If range were measured in projectile calibers instead of absolute units such as yards or meters, little difference would be apparent.
Hope this helps...
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Thanks Bill,wm Jurens wrote:
Yes, all things being equal, a smaller projectile will be more affected by local turbulence. This is not really a stability issue however, as the term is commonly used, and the differences overall are not large. I doubt if anyone would be shooting in 35 m/s winds anyway, as  if my equations are correct  this amounts to a wind of about 80 miles per hour. That's a special case. Basically, stability  at least as traditionally defined  is nearly independent of caliber.
Bill Jurens
Just to clarify :
The 40m/s wind I was thinking would occur higher up on the trajectory, not at the initial firing point (basicaly a few meters elevation). The highpoint of a naval shell trajectory can easily be several kilometers high, and there are other meteo conditions up in the air...

Of course, you are using stability in the ballistic sense of the word, as Thorsten pointed out.
I was reffering to "stability" as in "pattern consistency"... because the discussion concerned the hit ratio of Prinz Eugen compared to Prince of Wales.
Cheers,
Alex