TM 55-8115-203-23 & P
INTERMEDIATE DIRECT SUPPORT
CARGO CONTAINER REPAIR
Section I. CONTAINER BODY
All repairs in this section should be performed with the container completely empty unless otherwise noted. Shoring
beams should be removed or stowed safely out of the way of repair operations.
In the event of major damage to the container, repair should be planned carefully. Repair should begin with major
structural assemblies: Corner posts, end rails, side rails, floor crossmembers and corner fittings. Repairs to side, end and
roof panels should follow. The placard holder should be the last repair item considered on the container body.
All welding repairs to structural members must be performed by certified welders.
All patches, inserts, sections and replacements for panels, rails and crossmembers should be
steel conforming to the AISI-409 standard. AISI stands for the American Iron and Steel
Institute. This steel is corrosion resistant and has a minimum tensile strength of 65KSI
(thousand pounds per square inch).
Access to the damaged area affects quality of the repair. Structural parts which may need to be replaced, such as side
panels, end panels, roof panels, placard holder, floor planking, end liners, or shoring beam tracks, should be removed
first to provide maximum access for repair of the major structural assemblies.
3-1. Corner Fitting.
Cut out damaged corner fitting with oxygen-acetylene torch.
Direct oxygen acetylene torch away from corner castings, side and end rails, and side and end
panels to prevent damage to any of these parts.