Accession Number:

ADA482147

Title:

Platform Machining Evaluation

Descriptive Note:

Final rept., revision 3, 19 May-21 Sep 2006

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEFENSE MANUFACTURING AND MACHINING LATROBE PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-09-21

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

Air Methods Corporation, Englewood, CO, manufactures litter pans platforms used in the UH-60Q MEDEVAC Medical Evacuation variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk interior that are machined aluminum pieces designed to support litter-borne patients. These platforms also serve as attachment points for the ambulatory patient seats. The original platforms were designed to meet civil crash requirements. However, with the pending introduction of the HH-60M, the platforms must meet stricter Army crash requirements, and the loads on the platforms themselves have increased. Air Methods Corporation requested that the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining NCDMM review a proposed stiffener design and develop a manufacturing process capable of producing a complex stiffener geometry that will reduce the weight of the platform along with increasing its payload capacity.

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE