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Aircraft compartment design criteria for the army deployment mission

William Sharpe

Naval Research Logistics Quarterly, 1961, vol. 8, issue 4, 381-394

Abstract: An important mission of military cargo aircraft is the deployment of army equipment to areas of actual or potential warfare. The large number of vehicles required to support army forces makes weight anti cube, the traditional measures of airlift capacity, insufficient for analysis of the amount of such cargo which can be carried by various aircraft. This paper uses a representative list of army deployment cargo to investigate the capacity of alternative aircraft designs. A loading model is developed to estimate the relationship between cargo compartment dimensions and loading efficiency. The relationship between Compartment floor area and floor area of vehicles loaded is found to be remarkably stable over a large range of alternative compartment sizes. A second model is used to minimize the distribution of total weight per aircraft when the aircraft are loaded in accordance with the criteria of the first model. The resultant distributions, presented for various compartment sizes, suggest the relationship between cargo compartment and payload capacity which would be optimum for this particular mission.

Date: 1961
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