Axial Tension Testing Forged Horizontal Connectors for Use with Intermodal ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Containers
Technical note Oct 1984-Feb 1985
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA
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The Marine Corps Container System and the Marine Corps Expeditionary Shelter System, both of which are part of the Marine Corps Field Logistics System FLS, use intermodal shipping containers that meet the standards of the International Organization for Standardization ISO. Horizontal connectors are used to couple these containers for shipping by sea, highway, or rail. To determine whether a certain commercially available horizontal connector meets the tension resistance requirements for coupling intermodal shipping containers, four identical connectors were statically tested at a standard loading rate in a tension testing machine. The connectors were pulled by standard ISO corner fittings which, in turn, were pulled by the machine. Maximum applied forces were measured, recorded, and then compared with the rated capacity. The results of a static test to determine whether a forged Tandemloc Inc. Horizontal Connector meets the tension resistance requirements for use with International Organization for Standardization ISO containers in the Marine Corps Container and Expeditionary Shelter Systems are presented. Four identical connectors were tested. The maximum applied forces were measured, recorded and then compared with the rated capacity. The connector met the tension resistance requirements and should be qualified for use in the container and shelter systems.
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