Evaluation of K-Span as a Rapidly Erectable Lightweight Mobilization Structure (RELMS)
Final technical rept.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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To meet the increased need for facilities during a possible mobilization, the Army is evaluating new construction technologies for potential use as Rapidly Erectable Lightweight Mobilization Structures RELMS. The K-Span building system has been studied as one such technology. K-Span has many characteristics that would be beneficial for mobilization construction. Based on availability, K-Span could provide a small portion of early mobilization requirements. With 28 machines currently available to produce the systems, a maximum of 420,000 sq ftday of bare structure could conceivably be completed with short lead time. To take full advantage of the rapid erectability of the system, enough steel would have to be stockpiled for about 2 weeks construction. After that time, the steel industrys ability to produce galvanized sheet steel would far exceed the capacity of the available K-Span equipment.
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