WAREHOUSE AND PRESERVATION METHODS AND ECONOMICS FOR STORING MATERIEL
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA
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Similar paired items of military equipment were stored in different storage environments--an open-air slab, a shed, a standard warehouse, a 50 RH warehouse, and a 40 RH warehouse. One of each pair had light domestic treatment and the other full contact-preservation treatment. Deterioration was permitted to develop at its natural rate in each environment. Periodic inspections determined the protection afforded by each storage environment and preservation level by the extent of deterioration encountered. Results are presented in two parts 1 efficacy of storage environments, and 2 economy of storage systems. Part 1 shows that protection is poor in open-air storage, fair in a shed, good in the standard warehouse, and excellent in controlled- humidity warehouses. Compared to domestic treatment, contact preservation decreased the incidence of rust about 58 for open-air storage, 44 for the shed, and 30 for the standard warehouse no rust due to storage environment occurred in the controlled-humidity warehouses for either preservation level. Part 2 shows that, under environmental conditions similar to those of the test, storage in the 50 RH warehouse using domestic treatment is usually cheaper, but that the standard warehouse with this treatment is cheaper for automotive and non-metallic equipment. It is cheaper to protect equipment stored for stateside use with domestic treatment, but contact preservation is cheaper for overseas use.
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