Accession Number:

ADA279760

Title:

Airmobile Shelter Analysis. Volume 2

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jun 1991-1 Nov 1992

Corporate Author:

APPLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC RALEIGHNC

Report Date:

1994-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

328.0

Abstract:

This report summarizes research to develop operational requirements and design concepts for a new family of portable shelters FOPS that provide basic and upgradeable levels of protection from conventional weapon effects. The research focuses on identifying and reviewing applicable technology, developing and evaluating shelter concepts, and evaluating the feasibility of hardening the shelters against conventional weapon threats. The research products include a computational model for quantifying survivability from fragment effects, a multi-attribute shelter selection methodology, recommended shelterhardening concepts, and a roadmap for shelter development. The fragment hardening analyses show that although significant hardness levels can be achieved by incorporating modern ballistic composites such as Kevlar, Spectra, and S2-glass, it is not feasible to integrally harden the entire shelter to Splinter levels of protection. For the small personnel shelter, the air beam shelter and Modular Extendable Rigid-Wall Shelter MERWS concepts consistently rank at or near the top of the multi-attribute utility rankings. For large area shelters, the arch supported panel and bin wall hangars are the leading concepts, except in cases where survivability is given little or no priority. In those cases, the air-and frame supported fabric shelters excel, Shelters, Protective, Portable.

Subject Categories:

  • Laminates and Composite Materials
  • Textiles
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Ballistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE