Evaluation of Harvey Aluminum 1- by 12-Ft Extruded Light-Duty Landing Mat with Overlap/Underlap End Connectors
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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The 1- by 12-ft mat is a one-piece hollow extrusion fabricated from 6063 aluminum alloy artificially aged to the T6 condition. The mat panels are interlocked along the sides by means of a hinge-type connector, the components of which are integral parts of the basic extrusion. End connectors, composed of extruded connectors welded to the basic panel and aluminum inserts using the electron bean EB welding method, consist of overlap and underlap sections that are secured by a locking bar after individual panels have been joined together. The investigation consisted of laboratory, traffic, and skid tests to obtain information for use in evaluating Harvey mat for potential use as a light-duty landing mat.
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