Two continuous methods for determining a minimal risk path through a minefield

Authors

  • Geoff Mercer
  • Harvinder Sidhu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21914/anziamj.v48i0.56

Abstract

Two formulations for determining the minimal risk path of a vehicle through a minefield are considered and compared. Firstly, by following a calculus of variations argument a system of four coupled ODEs are derived. These are solved via a shooting method and computational difficulties encountered in this process are discussed. Secondly, the trajectory of the vehicle is approximated by a discrete (but large) system of coupled springs and masses resulting in a large but well behaved system of ODEs to solve. Numerical solutions to this system are investigated. The strengths and weaknesses of each approach are discussed.

Published

2007-07-28

Issue

Section

Proceedings Computational Techniques and Applications Conference