Accession Number : AD0887223


Title :   Rubber Pads for Tank Track


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.


Corporate Author : ARMY WEAPONS COMMAND ROCK ISLAND IL RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING DIRECTORATE


Personal Author(s) : Bergstrom, Edward W. ; Cerny, John R.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=AD0887223


Report Date : JUL 1971


Pagination or Media Count : 43


Abstract : Investigations of rubber compounding, service test evaluation, and rubber-to-metal bonding were made. The injection-molding of track pads was attempted. Numerous compounds were developed for optimum properties, and track pads prepared from these compounds were service tested to determine actual wear resistance. Long-term aging tests on millable polyester urethane track pads and rubber-to-metal bonded specimens were completed. Compounds based on Stereon 750, HYTRANS elastomers, SBR/polybutadiene blends, and EPDM provided pads with improved tread wear. Little correlation was found between volume wear ratings based on service tests for cut crack growth, heat buildup, tear resistance, and abrasion resistance. Track pads prepared by injection molding had physical properties comparable to those of compression-molded pads. The preparation of rubber track pads, having significantly improved wear resistance, from certain low- cost, general-purpose type elastomers appears feasible.


Descriptors :   *ELASTOMERS, *VEHICLE TRACKS, AGING(MATERIALS), STYRENES, RUBBER, BONDING, ENVIRONMENTAL TESTS, MOLDINGS, BUTADIENES, WEAR RESISTANCE, ISOPRENE.


Subject Categories : ELASTOMERS AND RUBBER
      COMBAT VEHICLES


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE