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  • Tough enough to take on land mines
    hulls or undercarriages rather than the flat bottoms common on other military trucks and transports. The 22-ton Buffalo's V-hull, armor, and sheer weight combine to withstand mine explosions. The V-hull directs the force of the explosion away from the crew compartment. A Humvee, however, has a flat
  • Reinvented wheels support heavy loads
    , traditionally, the first step is to determine the wheel size, then design or select the proper axle. Engineers must then establish the correct pillowblock bearings for support based on the axle diameter, distance, load, and speed, and design the car's undercarriage to support the entire package
  • Better dredger - Embedded computers power undersea ROV
    undercarriage. The chassis is based on a design from a machine for cutting down trees on steep slopes. The wheels normally carry tracks which have been removed for service. When seawater is too murky to give a clear view from Spider's onboard video cameras, operators get a virtual image of what
  • The Joint Strike Fighter: A plane for all reasons
    engine turns the counter-rotating blades in the fan by a shaft and clutch to generate 18,000 lb of vertical thrust. The JSF's clean undercarriage and internally carried weapons reduce the plane's radar signature. The JSF flies beside another aircraft as it undergoes flight testing. The JSF tests its

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