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Title: Lightweight composite fighting cover prototype development program

The U.S. Army Field Assistance Science and Technology Program requested Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to demonstrate the use of lightweight composite materials in construction of overhead covers for reinforced infantry fighting positions. In recent years, ORNL researchers have designed and tested several concepts for lightweight ballistic protection structures, and they have developed numerous prototype composite structures for military and civilian applications. In the current program, composite panel designs and materials are tested and optimized to meet anticipated static and dynamic load conditions for the overhead cover structure. Ten prototype composite covers were built at ORNL for use in Army field tests. Each composite cover has a nominal surface area of 12 ft[sup 2] and a nominal weight of 8 lb. Four of the prototypes are made with folding sections to improve their handling characteristics. The composite covers exhibit equivalent performance in Army field tests to covers made with conventional materials that weigh four times as much.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
464484
Report Number(s):
ORNL/M-5217
ON: DE97051290
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-96OR22464
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Jul 1996
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Department of Defense, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; MATERIALS TESTING; DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS; MILITARY PERSONNEL; PHYSICAL PROTECTION; PANELS; FABRICATION; HONEYCOMB STRUCTURES; STATIC LOADS; DYNAMIC LOADS; FIELD TESTS; CURING; DESIGN; CARBON FIBERS