Original Date: 07/13/1992
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Composites Laboratory
Benet Laboratories has developed a composites laboratory to research composite technology and develop the manufacturing techniques to implement composite structures in production. Composites have been used to provide shielding for the hydraulic recoil cylinders on tank guns, and the composite lining on the armor keeps fragments from disabling the gun. The composite bore evacuator used on a 120mm cannon tube reduced the weight over the steel evacuator by 100 pounds. The composite bore evacuator is also easier to produce than the steel version. Prototype composite components are fabricated in the laboratory for prove-out of the concept and to determine the manufacturing process parameters.
This composites laboratory has helped Benet to introduce new designs into the Watervliet Arsenal (WVA) manufacturing process. These designs are more effective and of lighter weight with the added benefit of easier production.
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