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Thread: Army tank welds

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    Default Army tank welds

    Well, I was watching some show called incredible machines and they did a peice on military tanks. Im not much of a military buff so the name of the tank eludes me. Suffice it to say that it is the US military's cats ***, top of the heap tank and it has over a half ton of weldments in its construction.. thats like a 100 miles of weld or something dumb like that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SignWave View Post
    Well, I was watching some show called incredible machines and they did a peice on military tanks. Im not much of a military buff so the name of the tank eludes me. Suffice it to say that it is the US military's cats ***, top of the heap tank and it has over a half ton of weldments in its construction.. thats like a 100 miles of weld or something dumb like that...

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    Cat's what????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodhand View Post
    Cat's what????
    I bet he meant 'azz'.

    You know it's the 'cats azz'

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    that sir, would be the M-1 Abrahms
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    M1, top of the heap when it comes to main battle tanks. Marines and Army both use it. That was a cool show that showed them rebuilding them, Like new when done and saves a ton of money
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    Quote Originally Posted by welder_one View Post
    that sir, would be the M-1 Abrahms
    Thats the one. It hit me whilst laying in bed this morning. Errr no tthe tank, just its name... hehehehe. In some places the steel is a foot thick. How in blazes would you cut through that? I think that my trusty hatchet is outmatched...
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    I think that some tanks are also covered in D/U (depleted Uranium). Its really nasty stuff , but when they are hit by gun fire, W.H.Y. the energy is absorbed and dissipated. I saw some army training film on how the repair battle damaged D/U armor. Nasty,Nasty stuff.

    Do a YouTube search on D/U. Not sure you'll like what you see though...kinda shook me a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodhand View Post
    Cat's what????
    This interpretive photograph should lend a helping hand...

    Hahahahahahahahaaa!!!!

    I think i might get booted from the sight.... Hahahahahahaa!!!
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    Man, I thought that photo was a Locomotive's Headlight coming out of a tunnel......I believe they make the Abrams in Lima Ohio, I used to see them being freighted by Rail when I lived in Cleveland in the 80's. Paul
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    the armor plating is several layers thick. thinner layers to make one big layer. there is even aluminum in the layers. they use friction stir welding to weld the skirting and now setting up machines to weld the frames now. even researching making trailers with it. i saw a link to a video with friction welding, if i can find it again, i will post it.
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