Analysis of the Effects of Exhaust Placement on the Thermal Signature of a Concept Vehicle
ARMY TANK-AUTOMOTIVE COMMAND WARREN MI
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This chapter will present the initial necessary information needed to understand the following chapters. The text below provides an overall understanding of the problem topic first, and then includes pertinent information regarding the background of the posed problem. Next, the criteria and parameters imposed will be identified, followed by the methodology used in solving the problem. Finally, the primary purposes and a brief overview of the report will be discussed. Problem Topic Due to the high cost of modifying vehicles after production in order to reduce the thermal signature, this report evaluates the effects of the placement of the vehicles exhaust outlet on the overall thermal signature during the conceptual phase. In the past, the lack of regard for the thermal signature during the design of a ground vehicle often led to millions of dollars spent to minimize the thermal signature post-production. Integrating thermal management into the design process at the concept level allows for a better overall system that combines the best of lethality, mobility, and survivability. By designing a better overall system the Tank-Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center TARDEC provides the soldier with superior war-fighting capabilities.
- Combat Vehicles
- Combustion and Ignition