Track Pad Maintenance and Sustainment Improvements

NCMS Project #: 141000

Problem: The construction and agriculture industries that rely on tracked equipment have excessive downtime, maintenance costs and lost opportunity costs due to the life limits of the current set of qualified rubber compounds developed over three years ago for their respective tracked vehicles.

Benefit: These advancements could lead to improved traction, better surface protection, and longer operational life which would lead to cost reductions and risk mitigation in this sector.

Solution/Approach: New rubber formulations will be identified and developed with higher load capacities and better wear characteristics.  The overall objective of this project is to reach verified Qualified Products List (QPL) status via U.S. Army testing on the M1 platform for supplying ground pads for tracked vehicles, as well as fully assembled track link system.  To accomplish this, the project will focus on developing three optimum formulations of rubber compounds that will exceed the current requirements provided by Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC).

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Competition in the market place reducing costs
  • Increased safety
  • Longer lifespans
  • Reduced maintenance
  • Improved warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)
  • U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Industry Participation:

  • Delta Capital Research
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement