Armored Vehicle Door Design

Client – BAE Systems & Edge Product Development

Ripple Design partnered with Edge Product Development to design and fabricate a prototype power-assist armored door for BAE Systems. Ripple Design mechanical engineers directed the development of the hydraulic assist, latch, and blast lock systems, while working closely with electrical engineers to develop a full suite of sensors and controls that integrated seamlessly with the vehicle electronics. The door featured a hydraulic assist mechanism capable of safely opening and closing the heavily armored vehicle door under extreme loading conditions.

Given the operating environment of the vehicles, ruggedness and reliability were primary design criteria. We implemented water- and shock-resistant electronics mounting and tested all components in their most onerous abuse load cases. The system was successfully deployed on numerous BAE demonstration vehicles.

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