Development of the C-17 - Main Landing Gear Post Container, CNU-677/E
Final rept. May-Sep 2004
AIR FORCE PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING FACILITY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The Air Force Packaging Technology Engineering Facility AFPTEF was tasked with the design of a new shipping and storage container for the C-17 MLG Post in March of 2004. The new container is designed to replace the wood container that was previously used. The main problem with the wood design was corrosion due to inadequate environmental control and protection. In addition, there were two different container configurations to accommodate a left or right post. AFPTEF applied proven container design methods to solve the corrosion problem as well as simplified the container configuration to accept either right or left posts, eliminating the need for different containers. The CNU-677E, designed to SAE ARP1967A, is an aluminum, long-life, controlled breathing, reusable shipping and storage container. The new container, CNU-677E, protects the Post mechanically and environmentally. The container passed all qualification tests per ASTM D4169. The CNU-677E container not only meets user requirements but also provides an economic saving for the Air Force. The savings will be thousands of dollars per MLG post over the twenty-year life span of the container.
- Containers and Packaging
- Transport Aircraft