STRUCTURAL GUIDELINES FOR MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT. PART I. SOME VEHICLE PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN GENERALIZATIONS.
Final rept., 23 Jun 65-22 Oct 66,
ALLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC CONCORD MASS
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Starting with the generalization that the function of a vehicle is to efficiently transport a given payload a given distance, the structural weight fraction has been identified as the factor most sensitive to structures and materials improvement. Furthermore, the value of structural weight saving over the life of the vehicle can be large and thus relatively large costs can be expended in such endeavors. Analysis of the factors comprising the structural weight fraction has lead to the important generalization that the structural design of the vehicle or its major components are characterized by rather narrow ranges of the maximum design index. It is this factor which dictates the specific improvements in materials or structures that can result in a meaningful reduction of the structural weight fraction. Author
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