Modular/Intermodal Container Parametric Study.
Final rept. 1 Aug 69-Jan 70,
AVCO SYSTEMS DIV WILMINGTON MASS
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The report presents the results of a parametric study of the effects of a range of design variables on modularintermodal containers. A simple analysis is used to generate data showing the effects on module weight, usable volume, and cost of design parameters, various materials and methods of construction steel, aluminum, fiberglass homogeneous and sandwich and handling requirements. The results of this analysis are presented in convenient graphical forms. More detailed calculations provide weight, usable volume and cost data for modules using certain specific materials and methods of construction. These results are tabulated for comparison with similar data on standard containers. The method of calculation is described, and illustrated by means of a sample problem. Graphs and tables are included to assist the computations. Four conceptual designs, believed to be capable of practical development are presented. Preliminary estimates based on these designs indicate that while cost is critically dependent on the design itself, weight and usable volume are insensitive to the design, and depend primarily on the handling features provided. Finally, consideration is given to reliability and maintainability aspects of modular containers and to the possible application of their component parts to uses other than cargo transport. Author
- Containers and Packaging