Accession Number : ADA288639

Title :   Exploratory Development of Advanced Composite Generic Airdrop Platform Concepts.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan-Dec 90,

Corporate Author : OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LAB TN

Personal Author(s) : Brewer, E. D. ; Hendrich, W. R. ; Wood, G. M. ; Brewer, J. C.

PDF Url : ADA288639

Report Date : AUG 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 109

Abstract : This research investigated improvements in weight and performance of generic airdrop platform concepts by the use of advanced composite materials. Several concepts were generated and analyzed for the parachute opening load case. The three most promising concepts were also analyzed for the roller load, extraction load, cresting load, and landing impact cases. Although several concepts performed quite well, the most promising concept had S-glass/epoxy face sheets bonded to pultruded E-glass/epoxy I-beams. It was determined that advanced composite airdrop platforms potentially offer lower weight and better performance than the present platform at a lower life-cycle cost.

Descriptors :   *COMPOSITE MATERIALS, *PLATFORMS, *AIR DROP OPERATIONS, OPENING(PROCESS), LOW COSTS, EPOXY LAMINATES, LIGHTWEIGHT, PARACHUTES, EXTRACTION, LIFE CYCLE COSTS, ROLLERS, LANDING IMPACT.

Subject Categories : Containers and Packaging
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Laminates and Composite Materials

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE