Track Tensioning Programme for TACOM on the Active Suspension Scorpion (P3) Tank
LOTUS ENGINEERING NORWICH (UNITED KINGDOM)
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This report is in two sections and covers the two outstanding contracts with TACOM with regard to hydraulic system improvement and the implementation and testing of Active track tensioning on the Active Suspension Scorpion P3 tank. Section 1 contract number DAJA45-93-M-0421 covers the specification of an improved control valve plus the design, manufacture and installation of new valve manifolds. The contract also covers the hydraulic commissioning of the vehicle up to the 3rd September 1993. This work was completed on schedule and was necessary in order to complete the main programme described in Section 2. Section 2 contract number DAJA45-92-C-0001 forms the final eighth report under this contract number for the implementation and testing of Active track tensioners. Active tracking tensioning, as has been shown by DRA data taken at the tank trials in November 1993, offers ride performance improvements over an uprated passive vehicle and also over the Active suspension vehicle with fixed tensioners. However, it is believed that software corrections made after the trails and the implementation of alternative algorithm ideas, could further improve the vehicle ride performance. Much improved system reliability, due to the hydraulic work carried out prior to the trials, has been a cornerstone to the vehicle performance and ride data collection.
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