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Carl Cranz, his contemporaries, and high-speed photography
Author(s): Peter W. W. Fuller
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Paper Abstract

Carl Cranz is probably considered primarily as a pioneer in theoretical ballistics, however, in his many experiments he made extensive use of high speed photography to assist in experimentation and data gathering. His basic precept was that the secrets of physics could only be properly discovered by systematic experimental studies and meticulous measurement. This would then by followed by theoretical study to explain the experimental results. By alternate theoretical speculation and practical verification the final truths would be revealed. He invented and pioneered several important photographic systems, probably the most well known being the Cranz-Schardin multi spark system. He became very involved in the sutdy of the flow about high-speed projectiles. He innovated the use of dedicated ballistic tes facilities in which not only the basic range facilities were available, but where all the associated measuring systems were also built in. In this area, his lead was followed by other countries and many similar facilities such as those at BRL in the United States and in England and Europe were soon constructed following the same broad principles. He had many famous contemporaries including E Mach, H Schardin, and H Prandl. He was very careful to keep meticulous notes, which he later reproduced in many papers and also in a book on theoretical and practical ballistics, which became a standard text in the field. This paper gives a short description of his career and interests and also describes some of the photographic systems used by himself and other contemporaries to obtain data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5580, 26th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (17 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.572038
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Peter W. W. Fuller, Association for High Speed Photography and Photonics (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5580:
26th International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics
Dennis L. Paisley; Stuart Kleinfelder; Donald R. Snyder; Brian J. Thompson, Editor(s)

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