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Title: Analysis of lightweight materials for the AM2 system
Authors: Air Force Civil Engineering Center (U.S.)
Allison, Paul G.
Rushing, Timothy W.
Garcia, Lyan I.
Keywords: Lightweight metal
Landing mat
Airfield mat
Metal matrix
Aluminum alloys
Magnesium alloys
Materials engineering
Airfield Damage Repair Modernization Program (U.S.)
Publisher: Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/GSL TR ; 14-18.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: An analysis was performed on potential materials that could replace the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy currently used in the AM2 airfield matting for the purpose of light-weighting the design. An in-depth analysis was performed on metal and polymer matrix composites. However, neither groups of materials produced a suitable material based on operating conditions of the AM2. Newly developed extruded magnesium alloys were identified that could potentially provide weight savings of 30 to 40% while maintaining the current performance of the AM2. In addition, traditional high-strength aluminum alloys were identified that could provide substantial weight savings. However, manufacturing issues existed due to the high strength of these aluminum alloys. Finally, analysis was performed to determine the cost of manufacturing the AM2 using these alternate materials.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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