Survivable Tire System (STS) Test Strategy: Technical Phase
Final rept. Apr 1989-Apr 1990
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command tasked the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory to conduct the technical testing phase of a research program intended to enhance the survivability of combat vehicle tire systems. The study results will determine the research direction of the program, which if successful, will culminate in the fielding of new tire systems on all Army vehicles, allowing future soldiers to engage the enemy, sustain tire damage, and remain sufficiently mobile to return to their unit. Initially, the program involves only the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle. This document focuses on the resolution of testing considerations such as the development of a device allowing damage to tires which are in motion and under load, a practical means of simulating representative fragment damage, and the use of statistical experiment design to answer a wide range of questions. This document defines the testing sequence and subsequent analyses to be performed. Keywords High mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle, Survivable tire systems, Experimental design, Fragment simulation, NATO-Finabel standard, Factorial design.
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
- Combat Vehicles