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Prediction of ground pressure distribution under tracked vehicles—II. Effects of design parameters of the track-suspension system on ground pressure distribution

Authors
Journal
Journal of Terramechanics
0022-4898
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0022-4898(81)90001-x
Disciplines
  • Design

Abstract

Abstract The effects of vehicle design parameters on ground pressure distribution and track tension are evaluated quantitatively using the analytical method described in Part I of this paper. The ground pressure distribution of a vehicle is closely related to vehicle sinkage and external motion resistance, while the track tension affects the internal resistance of the track-suspension system. It is found that the number of road wheels on the track has a significant effect on both ground pressure distribution and track tension. On the other hand, the diameter of the road wheels has only a moderate influence on track tension and a rather insignificant effect on ground pressure distribution. The stiffnesses of the suspension and the track tensioning springs have varying degrees of influence on ground pressure distribution and track tension dependent upon terrain stiffness. It is also found that the initial track tension has a significant effect on the actual track tension over a wide range of terrain and a slight to moderate influence on ground pressure distribution, dependent upon terrain stiffness. It should be noted that although individually some of the design parameters have only a slight or moderate effect on ground pressure distribution and track tension, their combined effects may be significant. Therefore, in the selection of design parameters of the track-suspension system, their combined influence must be carefully examined.

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