October 13, 2014

Alcoa Manufactures World’s Largest Single-Piece Forged Aluminum Hull for Combat Vehicles to Improve Troop Protection

Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight, high-performance metals, has produced the world’s largest single-piece forged aluminum hull for combat vehicles to improve troop protection as part of a joint Alcoa-US Army initiative launched last year.

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Key Facts

Innovation strengthens Army’s defense against Improvised Explosive Devices by

  • Improved blast protection: The hull could provide approximately two times better blast protection than traditional hulls.
  • Stronger solid structure: A single-piece hull would eliminate welded seams used in today’s manufacturing processes, covering the entire lower section of any combat vehicle.
  • Efficient design: Forging hulls as one unit facilitates three-dimensional shaping, allowing Alcoa to tailor the thickness where needed to maximize protection and allow for weight savings.
  • Cost savings: The structure is expected to reduce costs over the life of the vehicle by increasing fuel efficiency through lightweighting and eliminating assembly time and complexity.

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Alcoa has manufactured the world’s largest single-piece forged aluminum hull for combat vehicles, such as those shown here, to improve troop protection as part of a joint Alcoa-US Army initiative.


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A Bradley Fighting Vehicle that was damaged after it was hit by an improvised explosive device while patrolling the streets of Balad.


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The forged aluminum hull from Alcoa.


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Alcoa’s single-piece hull would eliminate welded seams and cover the entire lower section of any combat vehicle, shown here.

Videos

B-roll of Bradley tank drivers demonstrating what they do on a daily basis. Scenes include preparing troops and vehicles for convoy, running a convoy through the streets. (U.S. Army Video courtesy of 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
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