Feasibility Study for an Inflatable Bow Ramp
Final rept. 11 Sep 1972-21 Jun 1973
BIRDAIR STRUCTURES INC BUFFALO NY
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The report describes a feasibility study for developing an inflatable bow ramp for the 1179 Class LST. The ramp must be 110 ft. long, 16 ft. wide, and carry the maximum loads imposed by an M103 tank. Ten possible conceptual configurations were investigated with a more detailed design analysis effort being concentrated on two of the concepts. The ramp will be constructed of a two ply neoprene fabric and inflated with an inflation system separate from ship air supply. A scale model of one concept was built and tested which verified design calculations.
- Marine Engineering
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics