Accession Number : ADP004385

Title :   Quick Connect Intervehicle Coupling System,

Corporate Author : STEVENS INST OF TECH HOBOKEN N J

Personal Author(s) : Kamm,I. O. ; Wray,G. ; Nazalewicz,J.

Report Date : AUG 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : This paper covers the design, fabrication and operational testing of an electronically controlled, hydraulically powered, articulated intervehicle coupling joint which permits rapid vehicle coupling without external assistance and with substantial intervehicle misalignment. A microprocessor based control system will be added to coordinate the individual engine and transmission operations and to optimize and simplify the control of the articulation joint. Tests to data have shown that the vehicles can be coupled in less than one minute even with substantial misalignment between the two units; and that obstacle climbing capability is greatly improved. A field test program is being planned to determine the gains in mobility obtainable with this coupling system as compared to a single vehicle. (Author)

Descriptors :   *GROUND VEHICLES, *HYDRAULIC COUPLINGS, MICROPROCESSORS, JOINTS, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, MISALIGNMENT

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE