Lightweight, High Mobility Track
CHRYSLER CORP CENTER LINE MI WARREN DEFENSE DIV
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This report presents a concept feasibility study of the Lightweight High Mobility Track. The subject track consists of a fiber glass reinforced belt with guide tooth projections on its inside surface and pneumatic pads on its outside surface. This particular track was intended for use on a vehicle with a gross weight of 3000 pounds. The resultant concept is 12 inches wide, weighs 9.83 pounds per foot, and is 110.7 percent buoyant. In addition, the inherent advantages of the design include a smooth roadwheel path, the ability to absorb road shocks, quiet operation, and expected long life. The concept was analyzed from a number of standpoints including weight, buoyancy, tensile strength, and feasibility of manufacture. It was concluded that the concept is feasible and that it would be applicable to lightweight cargo and reconnaissance vehicles. Recommendations for future activity on this project are also presented.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment