Tag: Emmanuelle Beauxis-Aussalet - Yvonne Jansen

1930 – Mathematical Functions Embodied in Ballistic Cams

These cams are solid models of bivariate and univariate mathematical functions plotted in cylindric coordinates (left and middle images) and polar coordinates (right image). They were not meant to be visually examined, but were used in mechanical analog computers for aiming battleship guns during WWII. They were also called computing cams. Mechanical fire control aids started to be developed in the 1900s and and were still in use in the late 1980s. During WWII, they could solve […]

Added by: Pierre Dragicevic, sent by: Emmanuelle Beauxis-Aussalet - Yvonne Jansen. Category: Physical model  Tags: fire control, mathematical functions, physical computation