Accession Number : ADA322182

Title :   Palletized Loading System (PLS) Flatrack Sideboard Kit Evaluation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY DEFENSE AMMUNITION CENTER AND SCHOOL SAVANNA IL

Personal Author(s) : McIntosh, A. C., Jr

PDF Url : ADA322182

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center and School (USADACS), Validation Engineering Division (SMCAC-DEV), was tasked by USADACS, Supply Engineering Division (SMCAC-DES), to perform a sliding pallet test on the Palletized Loading System (PLS) flatrack sideboard kit (rear panel). One of the requirements of the PLS M1077 flatrack contract was for the fabrication of sideboards. The strength required of the sideboards could not be clearly defined as to the amount of loading that would be applied during loading(unloading and transporting of loose pallets; therefore, the position was taken that a severe or worst-case scenario was envisioned to establish a base line for sideboard/post/pocket design criteria. The test consisted of placing a pallet, that was representative of those to be shipped, at the A-frame end of the flatrack and allowing it to slide down the flatrack into the candidate sideboard/post design. The representative pallet of PA116 containers, weighing 2,400 pounds, permanently deformed the lower end of the sideboard stakes and the stake pockets. The M1077 flatrack was raised 119 inches from the ground at the A-frame end before the pallet broke static friction. The incline was 30 degrees. As a result of testing the PLS flatrack sideboard kit failed. The plug end of the sideboard post must be strengthened to prevent damage from sliding pallets.

Descriptors :   *LOADING(HANDLING), *PALLETS, TEST AND EVALUATION, SCENARIOS, REQUIREMENTS, GROUND LEVEL, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, PANELS, BASE LINES, AMMUNITION, DESIGN CRITERIA, STATICS, FRICTION, SLIDING, KITS.

Subject Categories : Containers and Packaging
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE