Structural Testing Efforts for M-102 Howitzer Sublength Composite Cradle
ARMY LAB COMMAND WATERTOWN MA MATERIAL TECHNOLOGY LAB
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In support of the U.S. Armys Lightening the Force effort, the U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory MTL is conducting prototype development of artillery system components. The use of advanced materials such as fiber reinforced composites provides the key to obtaining considerable weight reductions without compromising structural integrity. Composite materials offer significant strength-to-weight ratios as well as unique tailorability features to suit the needs of the design engineer. Currently, composite applications to the M-102, 105 mm Howitzer system are in progress. This report discusses the related testing activities used to evaluate the present composite cradle design.