The manufacture of future military combat vehicles faces a number of challenges. One of those challenges is to balance producibility, reliability, and weight. An additional challenge is the military's frequent need to extend the life of its current combat vehicles. Imperfections resulting from the manufacturing process may contribute to both of these challenges by shortening the fatigue life of the vehicle structure or components. Use of an assessment fatigue process can help meet these manufacturing challenges. Established technologies can extract past life events and anticipated extended life events. These combined life events can then be compared to the vehicle life boundaries. The results can be used to extend combat vehicle life or to pursue new challenges such as improved weight balance.
A Process for Estimating Component Life in Support of Reliability Predictions for Present and Future Military Combat Vehicles
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William De Porter; A Process for Estimating Component Life in Support of Reliability Predictions for Present and Future Military Combat Vehicles. Journal of the IEST 1 September 2005; 48 (1): 33–41. doi: https://doi.org/10.17764/jiet.48.1.3jp4k4t52v74687h
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