INVESTIGATION AND ANALYSIS OF STANDARDS FOR USE IN THE SAND AND DUST TESTING OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT
FRANKFORD ARSENAL PHILADELPHIA PA
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An investigative study was made of the state-of-the-art of sand and dust environmental testing. Field and laboratory studies were conducted in order to obtain sufficient realistic data concerning the sand and dust environments for use as guidance in preparation of Military Standards for Sand and Dust Environmental Testing which simulates the degradation andor damage done by blowing sand or sand and dust in a desert environment. Due to the lack of sufficiently severe wind storms in the test areas chosen, information collected over a two year period failed to provide all of the field data required. The laboratory data obtained using existing Sand and Dust test chambers were not able to supply all of the answers needed. A new type of test chamber has been designed for this purpose, which when installed, will be used for continuation of the experimental investigations. This report recommends that two test procedures be established one for Dust Fine Sand covering the 10 to 150 micron size range, and the other for Sand covering the 150 to 800 micron size range. Some recommendations for inclusion in the Dust Fine Sand MIL-STD are presented in this report.
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