Evaluation of a Prototype Magnetic Surface Clearance Vehicle.
DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT SUFFIELD RALSTON (ALBERTA)
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This paper describes trials carried out at CFB Wainwright to determine the feasibility of a prototype magnetic sweeper vehicle for military range surface clearance of unexploded ordnance and shrapnel. The effects on pick-up performance of terrain type, vegetative cover, shell type, vehicle speed, magnet power, position and orientation of shell relative to the magnet, and magnet-to-ground distance are all investigated. Performance is seen to be very good for most shell types and the main factor affecting performance is seen to be magnet-to-ground distance. A number of recommendations for vehicle redesign and for operational procedures are also included. Author
- Ammunition and Explosives