Accession Number : ADA301691

Title :   Research Needed for More Compact Intermittent Combustion Propulsion Systems for Army Combat Vehicles. Volume 1. Executive Summary and Main Body.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Feb 93-Nov 95,

Corporate Author : SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TX BELVOIR FUELS AND LUBRICANTS RESEARCH FACILITY

PDF Url : ADA301691

Report Date : NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : Because of the unique performance requirements of combat vehicles, it is not possible to achieve the required propulsion system power density by adaptation of commercial engines; the Army must ensure that the research and development required to achieve the needed propulsion system power density is accomplished. To assist TACOM in identifying the research and development needed in the next decade for intermittent combustion combat engines, a BRC was established. Assuming the BRC recommended research is successfully accomplished, propulsion system volume could be reduced for the same power output, or for the same system volume, vehicle power could be markedly increased. The BRC identified hp/ton as a significant vehicle performance factor. By inserting advanced propulsion systems AIPS, or BRC, in the existing system volume of five different vehicles, the BRC study shows that hp/ton increases are dramatic. For example, if development of the AIPS were completed, hp/ton for the AGT15OO hp M1 would increase from 22.2 hp/ton to 35 hp/ton using AIPS technology; use of BRC technology would result in 43.3 hp/ton. For new vehicles, again assuming completion of AIPS development, a weight decrease of 7 tons from a nominal 60-ton AGT15OO vehicle could be achieved; an additional 3 tons could be achieved using BRC technology. Combustion, Vehicle performance, Combat vehicle - survivability, Propulsion systems, Specific power, Mobility systems, Intermittent combustion engines, Fuels and lubricants, Electric drive, Engine subsystems, Combat vehicle - performance, Mechanical transmissions, Propulsion system power density.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT VEHICLES, *TANK ENGINES, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, OUTPUT, REQUIREMENTS, DENSITY, VOLUME, MOBILITY, WARFARE, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, ACTIVE DEFENSE, SURVIVABILITY, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), ELECTROMAGNETIC GUNS, COMBUSTION, FUELS, PROPULSION SYSTEMS, PEAK POWER, RELIABILITY, ARMY EQUIPMENT, LETHALITY, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, WEIGHT REDUCTION, LUBRICANTS, AIR LAND BATTLES, GAS TURBINE ROTORS, TRANSMISSIONS(MECHANICAL), RAPID DEPLOYMENT.

Subject Categories : Combat Vehicles
      Reciprocating and Rotating Engines

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE