Accession Number : ADD009869

Title :   Laminated Track Pad for Tracked Vehicles.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Swarthout,Richard L

Report Date : 24 Sep 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : This invention relates to an elastomeric track pad especially useful on the endless tracks of tanks and similar military vehicles. A particular object of the invention is to provide an elastomeric pad that at least partially avoids the problem of chunking. The term chunking here refers to the formation of large deep holes or gouged-out areas in the ground-engagement surface of the track pad. The cause of the chunking is not entirely understood; however, it is known that the pad can be subjected to high localized forces due to such factors as skidding and/or side hill contact on partial areas of the pad and/or edge area engagement as the pad first contacts the ground and later leaves the ground. The high localized forces may be at least partly responsible for the chunking effect on the pad surface. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Elastomers, *Pads(Cushions), *Tracked vehicles, Performance(Engineering), Environmental tests, Skidding

Subject Categories : Plastics
      Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE