Armoured Vehicle Structural Design Through Modeling, Impact Analysis and Virtual Reality 2003-28-0018
Armoured tracked vehicle is a complex weapon platform. It accommodates weapon system, gun control systems, fire control systems for accurate firing, high-density powerpack, Automatic transmission system, hydro pneumatic suspension for better mobility and crew comfort at different type of terrain. Designing of the systems & subsystems and packaging them in the limited space available in the vehicle considering the ergonomics, maintainability and accessibility aspects is a mammoth task. The Design of the Armour systems for structural and ballistic (protection) application is very critical where the actual experiment is highly time consuming and expensive. Modeling, simulation and impact analysis tools substantially facilitate the developmental work on Armoured tracked vehicle. This paper outlines how modeling, impact analysis and virtual reality tools are employed for the development of Armoured vehicles.