21 September 2004 The Field Utility Vehicle: a tool for EOD personnel using neutron-based UXO discrimination systems
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In the past decade, two portable systems for the discrimination of unexploded ordnance (UXO) have been developed: the PINS system and the PELAN system. While technically portable, each of these systems has ancillary equipment and wires which make them cumbersome for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel. Also, moving these systems from place to place is time-consuming. We have developed a mobile platform called the Field Utility Vehicle (FUV) to mitigate these burdens. The FUV provides power and communications for these devices, is self-propelled, and has a powered lift mechanism to adjust the height of these systems to any shell size. The FUV concept originated during a demonstration of the PELAN system at the White Oak Naval Surface Warfare Center conducted by US Navy EOD Technology Division personnel. Currently, a prototype FUV has been built and tested at the Western Kentucky University’s Applied Physics Institute. The results of these tests and cost-benefit of employing the FUV in UXO clean-up operations will be shown.
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Phillip C. Womble, Phillip C. Womble, Jonathon Paschal, Jonathon Paschal, Kirk Cantrell, Kirk Cantrell, Britton L. Wallace, Britton L. Wallace, } "The Field Utility Vehicle: a tool for EOD personnel using neutron-based UXO discrimination systems", Proc. SPIE 5415, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX, (21 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541443; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.541443
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