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Title: The Benchmark Extensible Tractable Testbed Engineering Resource (BETTER)

The Benchmark Extensible Tractable Testbed Engineering Resource (BETTER) is proposed as a family of modular test bodies that are intended to support engineering capability development by helping to identify weaknesses and needs. Weapon systems, subassemblies, and components are often complex and difficult to test and analyze, resulting in low confidence and high uncertainties in experimental and simulated results. The complexities make it difficult to distinguish between inherent uncertainties and errors due to insufficient capabilities. BETTER test bodies will first use simplified geometries and materials such that testing, data collection, modeling and simulation can be accomplished with high confidence and low uncertainty. Modifications and combinations of simple and well-characterized BETTER test bodies can then be used to increase complexity in order to reproduce relevant mechanics and identify weaknesses. BETTER can provide both immediate and long-term improvements in testing and simulation capabilities. This document presents the motivation, concept, benefits and examples for BETTER.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Technical Report
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE testing; analysis; simulation; capability development; uncertainty reduction