Arrow-mounted ballistic system for measuring performance of arrows equipped with hunting broadheads

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Barton, John
Včelák, Jan
Torres-Sanchez, Javier
O'Flynn, Brendan
Ó Mathúna, S. Cian
Donahoe, Robert V.
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Measuring an arrow's ballistic performance such as arrow velocity on impact, total time of flight and arrow shaft oscillation is challenging because of the dynamic nature of arrow flight. This challenge becomes increasingly difficult as the distance of the shot increases. It is also of great interest to bowhunters to understand the ballistic performance of arrows that include hunting broadheads. A miniaturized, sensory data acquisition system, located in the arrow tip and engineered to withstand the high accelerations experienced at launch and impact, enables the precise measurement of arrow ballistics in flight. By continuously recording arrow drag in flight, the system enables measurement of the ballistic performance of an arrow as it travels downrange. The authors have also built an adapter that is connected to the housing of the sensing system to allow for comparative ballistic tests to be performed on hunting broadheads. Here, we present results obtained using the sensing system to perform initial testing on two commercially available broadheads at shot distances of approximately 45 m.
Arrow , Broadhead , Ballistic , Kinetic energy , Velocity , Drag , Microelectronics
Barton, J., Včelák, J., Torres-Sanchez, J., O’Flynn, B., O’Mathuna, C. and Donahoe, R. V. (2012) 'Arrow-mounted Ballistic System for Measuring Performance of Arrows Equipped with Hunting Broadheads', Procedia Engineering, 34, pp. 455-460. doi: 10.1016/j.proeng.2012.04.078