Accession Number : ADA180243

Title :   Physical Distribution System for Aircraft External Fuel Tanks: Candidate System Design Evaluations.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 20 Aug 85-13 Apr 86,

Corporate Author : SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA

Personal Author(s) : Andeen,Gerry B. ; Kornbluh,Roy D. ; Peterson,Anne W. ; Dickenson,Charles M. ; Monahan,Richard H.

Report Date : NOV 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 267

Abstract : A major conclusion of a previous survey conducted by SRI for DTNSRDC was that the development of disposable, nestable aircraft external fuel tanks with automated assembly aboard ship, using robotic equipment, is a feasible option for implementation within the next five to ten years. Additional research was then undertaken to define & evaluate a number of candidate system design concepts, to develop a scenario simulation procedure designed to measure the theoretical responsiveness of the system designs, and to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to establish the relative merits of the system design concepts in conjunction with alternative options for the physical distribution of fuel tanks to remotely deployed aircraft carrier task groups. The results of this research are the subject matter of this report. Keywords: Aircraft fuel tanks, Robotics, Fabrication and assembly, Materials handling, Physical distribution, Cost benefit analysis, System design.

Descriptors :   *FUEL TANKS, AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT, ASSEMBLY, AUTOMATION, BENEFITS, COST ANALYSIS, DISTRIBUTION, EXTERNAL STORES, MATERIALS HANDLING, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, RESPONSE, ROBOTICS, SCENARIOS, SIMULATION, TEST AND EVALUATION

Subject Categories : Aircraft
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Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE