Radiator Manufacturing Process Innovation

NCMS Project #: 141024

Problem: What has been overlooked in the radiator market is the off-road impact on aluminum radiators for light to medium trucks and utility vehicles operating in high temperature, rugged, austere environments that support the mining, construction, oil & gas and other similar industries.  Aluminum radiator manufacturers have not been able to adequately modify their key processes to account for shock, vibration and severe environmental factors to deliver a more ruggedized product.

Benefit: Using the Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Integrated Logistics Support Center’s (ILSC) Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS&CSS) Readiness and Sustainment office as a test bed this project is expected to show that the results will have application to other tactical wheeled vehicles within the DoD and can be expanded to the comparable commercial market.

Solution/Approach: TACOM ILSC has recognized that by having an innovative robust manufacturing process that can improve upon the quality of standard copper-brass radiators will enhance their High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Family of Vehicles (FOV) readiness, availability and reliability.  This project will explore improvements to the HMMWV FOV radiator manufacturability process improvements by enabling a commercial company to demonstrate the manufacturing of complete radiators from a rapid production, reduced maintenance cost of operation, and long-term supply stability proof of concept.  Copper-brass radiator design analysis and engineering development improvements will be integral to the prototype and production verification and validation on a statistically significant portion of the HMMWV FOV.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increase safety
  • Reduce maintenance costs and environmental stress
  • Improve warfighter readiness and lethality

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army TACOM, Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC)
  • Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS&CSS)
  • U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • Talan Industries
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Durability
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Business processes/partnerships