Light Weight Material Solutions for Maintenance & Sustainment

NCMS Project #: 140970

Problem: The development and use of metal matrix composites (MMCs) have proven to provide significant weight reduction for vehicle components, leading the cumulative weight savings for individual vehicles and fleets. In addition, MMCs have demonstrated the propensity to significantly increase the life cycle of components. Through extensive development and testing that both MMC wheel drums and the required friction material to support the MMC drum technology has been developed to a point where vehicle testing in a larger fleet is possible.

Benefit: By light weighting trucks and other ground vehicles, aircraft, and even ships and unmanned equipment, maneuverability, maintenance and sustainment, and transport will be easier and less cumbersome. These advantages should all segue to cost savings.

Solution/Approach: The overall objective is to develop light-weight brake system and other structural components that will reduce overall vehicle weight, as well as a demonstrated reduction in maintenance costs while increasing service life of vehicle components. A cost benefit study will be performed on wheel and brake components to determine the benefits of these materials in reducing costs and increasing performance.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Reduce fuel consumption
  • Increase warfighter payload, performance and protection

DoD Participation:

  • U.S. Army TARDEC

Industry Participation:

  • Accuride, Inc.
  • Advanced Carbon Products
  • Delaware Dynamics
  • Eck Industries
  • Heroes’ Alliance
  • North Dakota State University
  • Oshkosh Trucks
  • Spectrum Group
  • Temper, Inc.
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Mx avoidance & reliability
  • Energy efficiency
  • Lighweighting

Focus Area:

  • Other