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Dreadnought Turning Speed & Acceleration?

 
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MarsWilson



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:44 pm    Post subject: Dreadnought Turning Speed & Acceleration? Reply with quote

Hello

I'm working on a University project trying to make a digital equivalent for the early Dreyer Tables used on dreadnought ships. I've had trouble finding a few items of information and was wondering if anyone could help me with them. I'm very sorry if I've posted these questions in the wrong forum.

#1: How quickly can a dreadnought turn, and how is this affected by speed?
#2: How quickly can a dreadnought accelerate or decelerate?
#3: Does anyone know the approximate margin of error of the rangefinders used by the British Navy in the Battle of Jutland?

I'd be very grateful if anyone could help, even by pointing me in the right direction.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are all somewhat tricky to model precisely, and hard to google out for some quick answers. I know I see turning data and acceleration data occasionally.

Errors on rangefinders and their frequency of returning a "cut" (an estimated range) is even harder to figure out. While their systematic errors were published and sometimes matched in peacetime practice, everyone noticed that these rosy characteristics had no bearing at all on the far worse performance in battle.

I have a short article on their various errors here.

I collected some of the rather fuzzy indications offered as to how useless rangefinders were found to be at Jutland here. It is exceedingly rare to see mention of rangetaking in action mentioned in a manner that suggests they were found essential and helpful to fire control.

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