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Engineering Design Handbook - Military Vehicle
1-1 scæE The overall purpo* of this handbook is to define systematic procedures for the design and development of systems for military ground vehicles. ms document applies to all facilities and engaged in the design and develop- ment of cocling systems for military ground vehicles. In too many instances, military vehicle cooling systems have failed to perform satisfactorily under the severe environmental extremes in which they must operate. Illus. one purpose of this handbook is to convey to engineers, who may have a limited knowledge of the military environment, the difficult and rigorous conditions that are considered normal military operating conditions. Two further purposes are: l. TO present records of previous design experience to forestall duplicatic,n of past efforts 2. To preserve unique technical knowledge which might otherwise be lost. A successful cooling system design is not determined by the *lection of individual parts and Rather it is the result Of careful analysis Of the operational require-
melds, peculiar system installation problems, and the integration of the cooling system into the complete vehicle. Only when the effects of all related vehicle systems are considered can a successful cooling system design be created. The military Vehicle fleet, which may be the largest vehicle fleet in the world, represents an unusual mix of vehicles developed to an unusual set of design requirements.
Designers of military equipment always will be faced with multiple choices of hardware — choices that range from complete vehicles to small individual components. The deÅgner must choose an innovative military design, off-the-shelf commercial design, or a milita- rized version of a commercial design. In wrne areas the choice is clear. There are no commercial equivalents of such heavy ar- mored vehicles as tanks, assault vehicles, and gun-motor carriages. However, these vehicles represent Only a small percentage of the total military fleet. By necessity then. these types Of vehicles always will require a purely military design and development approach Ref. 4).