Accession Number:

AD0236237

Title:

CHARACTERISTICS OF VCI MATERIALS WHEN APPLIED AS PACKAGING MEDIA

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Corporate Author:

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL IL

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Report Date:

1960-04-06

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

This report covers the results observed during the final examination of Cal. .30 M1 Carbines and component parts after three years in open exposure tarpaulin covered at Rock Island Arsenal. These carbines had previously been packaged at Augusta Arsenal in four different volatile corrosion inhibitor materials meeting the requirements of Military Specification MIL-P-3420. After four years in unheated warehouse storage, 120 carbines were removed and shipped to Rock Island Arsenal where they were subjected to more rigorous exposure conditions. The VCI materials used are designated by code letters V.R., N.M., C.S., and F.H. Upon completion of the examination, it was determined that Code V.R. and N. M. materials were superior in performance to the Code C.S. and F.H. materials, when used with MIL-B-131 barrier bags for packaging the Cal. .30M1 carbine. The Code C.S. and F.H. materials affected the bag heat seals. They also affected the wood handguards and stocks Code C.S. material made the wood feel dry to the touch whereas, Code F.H. material made the wood feel tacky. There was no evidence of rust on the metallic surfaces of the carbines, slings, magazines, and the oilers. The VCI materials afforded adequate protection during the exposure periods. Each weapon was in a ready to issue condition. Author-PL.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE