Accession Number : ADD008822

Title :   Towbar Assembly.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Smith,Roger R ; Celentino,James L

Report Date : 22 May 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : A towbar assembly wherein two individual towbars are arranged in a V-configuration between a towing vehicle and a towed vehicle. The leading ends of the towbars have special end connectors that hook around a single towing pintle so that each towbar carries approximately the same tensile loading irrespective of changes in vehicle pitch or roll attitude. Each towbar is essentially independent of the other towbar, whereby the towbar loadings are essentially in the direction of the bar longitudinal axis; bending forces are to a great extent eliminated. The invention is designed primarily for use in towing large heavy vehicles weighing in excess of fifty tons. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Tow bars, Hooks, Connectors, Compressive properties, Tensile properties, Load distribution, Towed vehicles, Combat vehicles, Pitch(Motion), Roll

Subject Categories : Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE