Lightweight Design for Ground Combat Vehicle Components – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142039

Problem: The conundrum that industry and the DOD are facing in designing the lightweight subsystems for vehicle systems is balancing the increased performance requirements for the vehicles along with mitigating the risk of using the new materials, while ensuring the durability of the new material systems.

Benefit: The intent of this initiative is to use the U.S. Army’s light weighting goals as a test bed to develop optimized materials that reduce weight without decreasing vehicle safety, and to show how such improvements can be transferred to commercial applications such as personal and commercial vehicles.  

Solution/Approach: This initiative will design and build one generic prototype lightweight structure for a ground combat vehicle platform.  The intent of this structure is to demonstrate durability or integration improvements over existing standard practices and to provide a platform for integration of subsystems developed in Phase I.  During Phase II, the project team will document how integration processes, such as attachment, cutting drilling, and fastening need to change to accommodate lightweight parts.  Additionally, the role of adhesives in multi-material components will be considered.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Ensure warfighter safety and survivability 
  • Lower maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Reduce vehicle weight, fuel consumption, and environmental impacts 
  • Improve readiness and reliability with more durable materials without negative impact of corrosion 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Center (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • University of Maine
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Safety
  • Survivability
  • Lightweighting

Focus Area:

  • Other