Determination of the Optimal Use Life of U.S. Army T-10 Troop Type Personnel Parachutes. Part 1
ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND TEXARKANA TX INTERN TRAINING CENTER
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This paper investigates, through the use of analysis of variance, the possible extension of use life of U.S. Army T-10 Troop type main parachutes. The U.S. Army Natick Laboratories, located in Natick, Massachusetts, furnished data acquired from destructive testing performed on 105 T-10 reserve parachutes and 110 T-10 main parachutes. Recommendations are made for a two-year extension of use life beyond the current ten year limitation on T-10 main parachutes. Other recommendations are also made concerning revising military specifications and centralizing of parachute test facilities. The reader is also referred to Part Two of this report which develops a controlled test plan to be employed in future testing of parachutes in an effort to obtain an optimal use life while minimizing the number of parachutes to be tested.
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