XM982 Palladin Hold Down Strap Characterization

Report No. ARL-MR-0675
Authors: Morris Berman and David Gray
Date/Pages: March 2008; 16 pages
Abstract: As the XM982 projectile transitions to its production phase, several questions were raised regarding the rounds response to tactical vibration in the Paladin vehicle. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory carried out an extensive program to characterize the straps used to retain the projectiles in the Paladin vehicle. The characterization tests included stiffness, short-term and long-term creep. A definite relationship is shown between a straps load carrying ability and time under stress as well as number of stress cycles.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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