Comparison of design formulas for torsion based catapults

Kasper Mayntz Paasch*, Alexander P. Paasch

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the design of ancient catapults and compares the two known design formulas for Greek catapults, based on a standardized design for Hellenistic torsion-based catapults. It is hypothesized that, as both formulas, one for an arrow shooting catapult and one for a stone thrower, were considered to give the optimum design regarding performance, that both express the same optimal design. This could be used to determine the length/width of catapult arrows for optimally designed catapults, where no catapult arrow parts so far are known to have been discovered. In order to investigate this, a set of catapult point data, known from literature, were analyzed and a mathematical model developed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 IMEKO TC4 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
Publication date20. Oct 2023
Pages201-206
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20. Oct 2023
Event2023 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. - Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy
Duration: 19. Oct 202321. Oct 2023

Conference

Conference2023 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.
LocationRoma Tre University
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRome
Period19/10/202321/10/2023

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