Accession Number:

ADA273234

Title:

Comparisons of Fiber Tube Ammunition Container Variants for Moisture Permeability and Absorption

Descriptive Note:

Contractor rept.

Corporate Author:

OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LAB TN

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Army currently packs certain ammunition in its standard wax-impregnated fiber containers. Unfortunately, these containers are not entirely satisfactory. The wax inside the fiber container melts and exudes out under extremely hot conditions and deposits on the cartridge which can lead to malfunctions. Other, unwaxed fiber containers e.g., those used to pack 120 mm tank ammunition sometimes absorb and may be permeable to water or water vapor. This causes several problems the tube may swell, making it difficult to remove the round metal parts in the shell may corrode and explosive stabilizers may deteriorate. Therefore, an urgent task was initiated to develop a new container that ameliorates these problems by minimizing moisture penetration. A number of modifications to the existing container have been identified, including five different types of container exterior coatings, an additional construction material in the container wall laminate, and two mechanical closure types. This document describes a testing program conducted to provide quantitative comparisons of the moisture permeability of containers with these alternatives to the permeability of nontreated without exterior coating containers. Mortar, 81 mm, Cartridge, Fiber container, Wax-impregnated, Latch system, Plastic-laminated, Permeability, Moisture, Coating, Ammunition, Comparison.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE