EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION (Contd)
PALLET EQUIPMENT FEATURES (Contd)
BRIDGE QUARTER A U-shaped structure having a ramp end, coupling
end, and flat deck plate running the length of its top surface.
GUARD RAIL AND GUIDES A 2 in. (50 mm) high railing welded to the
inside edge of deck plate on each bridge quarter that serves to guide vehicles
to center when crossing bridge. Two small guides welded to the inside and
outside edges of each bridge quarter deck plate that function to align bridge
halves during launch and retrieval.
CROSSFORCE COUPLING BUMPER The steel insert bolted to
connecting end of each bridge quarter that functions to align and prevent the
coupled bridge assembly from twisting at its center.
LOWER COUPLINGS AND HELP LEVERS
The two steel castings
bolted to coupling end of each bridge quarter that function to hold the two
bridge halves together at the bottom. Help levers are manually operated
during launch and retrieval.
UPPER COUPLING The lock mechanism, located on coupling end of each
left bridge quarter, that functions to hold the two bridge halves together at
crossforce coupling bumpers until bridge assembly is emplaced.
BRIDGE QUARTER, LEFT-HAND SHOWN