BU research engineers have been working on military vehicles that feature in Brad Pitt’s new movie.
Set in the Second World War and released in UK cinemas this week, ‘Fury’ sees Pitt’s character Wardaddy command a Sherman tank.
Scenes from the movie were filmed at the Tank Museum at Bovington, where the BU research team are investigating how to preserve these historic vehicles.
The team have worked on the Sherman and Tiger 1, which can be seen in the Fury movie trailer (2 minutes 26 seconds in). Researchers Adil Saeed, Dr Zulfiqar Khan, and Professor Mark Hadfield from BU’s Sustainable Design Research Centre have published widely on these particular vehicles.
Dr Zulfiqar Khan said, “This movie reflects the importance of the research, which examines how we can preserve these vehicles for the benefit of society for lengths of time that far exceed the basis any normal design intent.
“The centenary of the First World War and the passing of the generation that fought in the Second World War, means the conservation of significantly degraded vehicle collections has taken on a new importance.”
The Tank Museum at Bovington is one of the largest military vehicle museums in the world, boasting a collection of over 300 military vehicles with historic significance. Structural deterioration through corrosion, corrosion fatigue, stress corrosion cracking and mechanical failures are a threat to these vehicles in terms of conservation.
The only operational Tiger tank in the world is currently at The Tank Museum at Bovington. This and other vehicles had to be conserved sustainably, while operating modestly for the annual Tank Fest and other events.
Dr Khan concluded, “The opportunity of collaborative research with The Tank Museum at Bovington to develop sustainable methodology of conserving historic military tanks brought us face to face with the history. This research investigated the state of the structural integrity of vehicles used in WW1, WW2 and post war.
“The outcomes of the research informed the current design of control environment in The Tank Museum. In addition a separate research project looked into the cost implications of project management of The Tank Museum.
“This kind of activity is important in engaging new generations with science, technology, maths and mechanical engineering design solutions.”
The research has led to further collaborations with Defence Science & Technology Laboratory Ministry of Defence to develop corrosion condition monitoring and predictive modelling techniques.
Pictures courtesy of The Tank Museum, Bovington.