| || Performance Improvement of Cooling System in T72 Bridge Layer Tank
Author : Venkateswaran, N.;Radhakrishnan, S. R.;Sathyanarayanan, P. L.
Source : Defence Science Journal ; Vol:58(1) ; 2008 ; pp 77-85
Subject : 623.4 Armaments and Ballistics;620.261 Explosives
Keywords : Overheating;Radiators;Oil coolers;Three-pass and single-pass radiators;Bridge layer tank;Armoured fighting vehicles;Cooling system;Combat vehicles
Abstract : Modern armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) are provided with compact and efficient cooling systems. Any increase in volume warrants the protection which, in turn, increases the weight and size of the vehicle. In a combat vehicle, space is at premium. The AFVs (battle tanks) used by the Indian Army were found to be overheating when operated in deserts at very high-ambient temperatures of 323K (50 oC). This imposes severe restrictions in operating the tanks for prolonged time in deserts. The various subsystems of the cooling pack were investigated scientifically and an optimised solution was arrived at, implemented and proved successful in the subsequent desert trials. This paper deals with the details of investigations, modifications, and the results of studies on bridge layer tank (BLT–T72).