Physical Distribution System for Aircraft External Fuel Tanks-Survey.
Final rept. 1 Mar-31 May 85,
SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA
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The general objective of this study was to conduct a survey and analysis of current and planned aircraft external fuel tanks, with emphasis on the disposability and nestability aspects of these fuel tanks. The study focused on design requirements, fabrication and assembly, and physical distribution, with particular attention directed to the use of the robotic equipment for the assembly of nestable fuel tanks aboard the ship. The principal conclusion of this study is that the development of disposable, nestable external aircraft fuel tanks with automated assembly aboard ship, using robotic equipment, is a feasible option for implementation within the next five to ten years. Chapter I of the report presents an introduction and summary description of the major results of the survey. Chapter II then provides a summary description of the tentative operational requirements established by the Navy for disposable, nestable external aircraft fuel tanks. Chapter III presents a discussion of the possible fabrication and assembly techniques and problems for such fuel tanks. Chapter IV then discusses the physical distribution aspects of external aircraft fuel tanks. Chapter V concludes with a listing of the conclusions and recommendations resulting from this analysis. Originator-supplied keywords Aircraft fuel tanks Robotics Fabrication and assembly Materials handling Physical distribution.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems