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Core Capabilities

To accomplish, maintain, improve, and ensure the viability and continuity of the Army's design authority for large caliber cannon and cannon safe life considerations, the Directorate manages skill sets for the following competencies:

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

  • Electromagnetic Propulsion
  • Electroplating Development
  • Fused Salt Deposition
  • Non-Destructive Engineering (NDE)
  • Optics
  • Sputtering Development
  • Structural Control of Launch Tube Dynamics
  • Tribology Development
  • X-Ray Materials Characterization

ARMAMENT HEALTH MONITORING & MECHATRONICS

  • ASME GD&T Certification
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Dynamic System Design and Analysis
  • Finite Element Analysis

COMBAT VEHICLE INTEGRATION

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Concept & Evaluation
  • System Design
  • System Integration
  • Testing

DIRECT AND INDIRECT FIRE

  • Computer Aided Design and Engineering Expertise
  • Concept and Design
  • Design for Producibility
  • Drafting
  • Dynamic Analyses of Mechanical Systems
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Program Planning and Execution
  • Solid Modeling

FRACTURE AND FATIGUE ANALYSIS

  • Composites Laboratory
  • Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory
  • Materials/Coatings Science Laboratory

MATERIALS ENGINEERING

  • Failure Analysis
  • Heat Treat Development
  • Materials Characterization
  • Materials Selection and Use
  • Melting, Forging, and Casting Development
  • Relation of Production Techniques and Mechanical Properties
  • Tube Forging Production
  • Use of lasers in Production
  • Welding Development
Benét Laboratories

 

Benét Laboratories

MODELING

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control System Modeling
  • Cyclic Hydraulic Pressurization of Gun Tubes (quasi static-simulation)
  • Cyclic Hydraulic Pressurization of Cannon Breeches (dynamic simulation)
  • Erosion Modeling
  • Gas Dynamics Modeling
  • Gun Dynamics Modeling
  • Interior Ballistics
  • Medium Caliber Test Firing Facility
  • Structural Finite Element Analysis
  • Thermal Finite Element and Finite Difference Analysis
  • Ultrasonic Inspection and Material Testing

MORTARS & RECOILLESS RIFLES

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Design Optimization
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Gun Barrel Dynamics
  • Special Gun Design
  • Statistical Analysis

MOUNTS & RECOIL MECHANISMS

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Design for Producibility
  • Mount Design
  • Recoil System Design and Analysis
  • Solid Modeling
  • System Modeling
  • Test Support

PROCESS ENGINEERING

  • Gun Tube Forging/Heat Treat Procedures
  • Producibility Review
  • Protective Coatings
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Reverse/Re-Engineering
  • Weld Procedures
  • Stereolithography

PRODUCT ENGINEERING

  • Configuration Management
  • Design Modification and Improvement
  • Drafting Services
  • Field Malfunction Investigation
  • Field Retrofit
  • Life Cycle Technical Support of Systems
  • Packaging Engineering