Development of the C-17 Fan Thrust Reverser Container, CNU-688/E
Final rept. May 2004-Feb 2006
AIR FORCE PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING FACILITY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The Air Force Packaging Technology and Engineering Facility AFPTEF was tasked with the design of a new shipping and storage container for the C-17 Fan Thrust Reverser FTR in March of 2004. The new container is designed to replace the wood crate and wood frame assembly presently used. The current containers lack of mechanical protection, environmental protection, handling issues, and left and right container requirements prompted AFPTEFs design of a new container. The new container will protect the FTR both mechanically and environmentally, hold either the left or right FTR, and make it easier to maneuver during worldwide shipment and storage. The CNU-688E, designed to SAE ARP1967A, is an aluminum, long-life, controlled breathing, reusable shipping and storage container. The new container passed all qualification tests per ASTM D4169. The CNU-688E container not only meets users requirements but will also provide an economic saving for the Air Force. The savings will be thousands of dollars over the twenty-year life span of the container.
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