Design and Fabrication of FRP Truck Trailer Side Racks.
ARMY MATERIALS AND MECHANICS RESEARCH CENTER WATERTOWN MA
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This program was undertaken to determine and verify the technical and economic feasibility of replacing the standard plywood side racks for the Army M-871 semi-trailer with a lighter weight, lower cost, molded fibrous glass part. Finite element modeling of the structure and service loads was conducted prototype item mechanical testing verified the finite model analysis. A trailer set 22 of prototype side racks was fabricated on contract for subsequent field testing.
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Surface Transportation and Equipment