SAN DIEGO, Feb. 8 (UPI) — Testing of a mobile, bridge-in-a-box system that can handle a 30-ton vehicle has been successfully completed, California’s ATA Engineering reports.
The prototype of the system, called ARCS, consists of six segments of interleaved aluminum modules and can be adapted for varying bridging lengths and loads.
ATA Engineering said technologies used in the system were the result of development funding by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.
“The reconfigurable design addresses several shortcomings of today’s temporary bridging technologies: unlike other systems that require significant logistical support to deploy and are limited to a fixed span and load capacity,” the company said, “ARCS can be deployed rapidly while remaining adaptable to different gap widths and loads.”
The company said additional development of the system is underway and it expects to produce a unit capable of spanning a 100-foot gap and carrying weight of more than 75 tons.
The current prototype weighs 7,000 pounds and ATA Engineering is investigating the use of composite materials to lessen that weight.