Accession Number : AD0420741

Title :   DEVELOPMENT CHARACTERISTICS FOR TRACKED AMPHIBIAN PERSONNEL AND CARGO CARRIER,

Descriptive Note : Concept study.

Corporate Author : PACIFIC CAR AND FOUNDRY CO RENTON WASH

Report Date : NOV 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The fundamentally rectangualr shape of the proposed vehicle is 22' long x 10' high. Crew stations and power train are situated in the forward part of the vehicle. A ramp in the stern provides easy access for loading and unloading the cargo compartment while on shore. Large hatches in the top deck facilitate this operation while afloat. Large diameter wheels with solid rubber tires run on light sectionalized band tracks, supporting the vehicle through torsion bar springs. Motive power is supplied to the tracks by a multi-fueled compression ignition engine through a torque converter and four-speed mechanical transmission and steering unit. The indications are that the vehicle described in this concept would be superior in all respects to any existing amphibian. Careful and conservative analysis of data developed during the study shows that the desired land performance characteristics can be met and that the water speed will be in excess of 6.5 mph. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLES, FEASIBILITY STUDIES), (*TRACKED VEHICLES, PASSENGER), (*ARMORED VEHICLES, CARGO VEHICLES), DESIGN, TORSION BARS, HULLS (MARINE), VEHICLE TRACKS, DIESEL ENGINES, COOLING, VEHICLE ACCESSORIES, CONTROL, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, VENTILATION, ENGINE FUEL SYSTEM COMPONENTS, HYDRAULIC EQUIPMENT, ELECTROMECHANICAL

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE