Date of Graduation
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Kenneth H. Means.
The U.S. Marine Corps is aiming to replace the M105 cargo trailers, M149 water tank trailers, and the M353 utility trailers with a new trailer platform known as the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement Trailers (MTVR-T). This project focused on developing a MTVR-T type trailer using Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer composite decks. Systems & Electronics Inc. (SEI) provided the initial design for the prototype trailer. Prodeck 4 was chosen as the decking material for the prototype trailer.;A detailed FE model of the FRP deck and steel support assembly was built. Four operational and transportation load conditions as identified by SEI were simulated in the FE model and the theoretical response of the proposed system was evaluated. Next, a prototype FRP trailer system using Prodeck 4 was fabricated at CFC-WVU. Four different load test setups were designed to simulate the operational and transportation loads on the MTVR-Trailer. Based on the FE data, an instrumentation plan was created for testing the FRP MTVR-Trailer under the four load conditions. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).
Mantri, Srikanth, "Fiber reinforced polymer composite decks for military applications" (2005). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 1674.