Application of Filament Winding to Cannon and Cannon Components. Part 1: Steel Filament Composites
WATERVLIET ARSENAL NY
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The feasibility of utilizing high strength steel wire filaments for filament-wound composites has been established from both a design and a fabrication aspect. Feasibility was established through the design, fabrication and burst testing of numerous cylinders made of steel filament-epoxy jackets with fiberglass, titanium, and steel liners. Although a high-density filament was utilized, its extremely high strength and high composite efficiency resulted in composite cylinders which showed greater than 50 weight savings over gun steel cylinders designed to the same burst strength. This study resulted in the fabrication of a composite 106 mm R.R. gun tube made of 0.100 inch rifled steel liner and a steel filamentepoxy jacket which was proof fired with no deleterious effects.
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