MIL-STD-1660 Test of Big Leaf Maple Pallet
ARMY DEFENSE AMMUNITION CENTER AND SCHOOL SAVANNA IL EVALUATION DIV
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The U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center and School USA DACS was tasked by the U.S. Army Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command AMCCOM, SmCAR-ESK, to evaluate a MIL-P-15011-J type pallet fabricated from West Coast Big Leaf Maple wood. Maple, as determined by the wood industry, is usually classified as a soft wood, not meeting the requirements of MIL-P-15011-J requirements for fabrication of ammunition pallets. The majority of Big Leaf Maple characteristics and properties are similar to the hardwoods. In order to determine whether Big Leaf Maple would be suitable for an ammunition pallet, a pallet fabricated from that material was obtained from Precision Wood Products, Inc., Vancouver, WA, and configured to a MIL-STD-1660 testing criteria. The results of these tests indicate that Big Leaf Maple, as tested to the quality provided, can be considered a material suitable for ammunition pallets.
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