Engineering Evaluation of Age Life Extension, T-10 Troop Main Parachute
ARMY NATICK LABS MA CLOTHING AND PERSONAL LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT LAB
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An engineering evaluation of T-10 Troop Main Parachute Equipment sampled from the six to twelve year total-age classes in service at Fort Bragg, NC was conducted by the US Army Natick Laboratories. Dynamic drop tests were made on harnesses, and laboratory strength and elongation tests were made on nylon material components. The findings support the present 13 year total age limit for harnesses and risers, and lead to the conclusion that the 12 year limit recently established for T-10 Chest Reserve Parachute Assemblies applies equally to the Main Parachutes. Log book data were insufficient to provide a basis for establishing limits for initial storage life and service life, as distinguished from total life.
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