Accession Number : AD0762136

Title :   Missile-Site Ground Cover.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan-May 70,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS

Personal Author(s) : Carr,James W.

Report Date : JUN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : CAN REVEAL THE FIRING LOCATION TO THE ENEMY AND CAUSE SOIL EROSION IN THE LAUNCH AREA THAT IS DETRIMENTAL TO RELOADING AND OPERATING CONDITIONS. Since the tactical missiles and rockets are highly mobile, the need exists for lightweight, flexible ground covers to enable rapid deployment and easy transporting. Tests were conducted at the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in which small rocket motors were fired onto flexible, blast-resistant silicone rubber specimens at exposure temperatures of 3800F. The results of these tests were used to select the most suitable material for field testing. A prototype ground cover of the most promising materials was fabricated at WES. The ground cover consisted of silicone rubber applied to a woven glass fabric; the weight of this cover was 9 lb per sq yd. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*SOILS, PROTECTIVE COVERINGS), (*LAUNCHING SITES, DUST), (*TACTICAL WEAPONS, LAUNCHING), ROCKET LAUNCHERS, ARTILLERY ROCKETS, EROSION, GLASS TEXTILES, SILICONE PLASTICS

Subject Categories : Rockets
      Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE