152MM G/L XM150E6 Thermal Shroud.
WATERVLIET ARSENAL N Y
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This report presents a feasibility study which includes the design, fabrication, and testing of three composite gun tube thermal shrouds consisting of high strength filaments E-glass embedded into a low thermally conductive matrix Epoxy. This study ascertains the usefulness of a thermal shroud on the 152mm XM150E6 gun tube, if the tube were in the shade, and then suddenly exposed to a solar load of 250 to 300 BTUhr sq ft. Reductions in gun tube bend, from a tube without a shroud to a tube with a shroud, go as high as 89 with proposal 3 WTV-F21915, a design which includes Air Vents, and is constructed, solely, by the use of a filament winding technique. Author-PL