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Terramechanics and Off-Road Vehicle Engineering

Terrain Behaviour, Off-Road Vehicle Performance and Design

This book will be of great interest to any professional engineer or automotive engineering student working on off-road vehicles. Reflecting the increase in off-road vehicle production and development-recreational, agricultural, construction, military-this book equips readers with all of the necessary knowledge to successfully design and model off-road vehicle systems, and provides a comprehensive introduction to terramechanics, the mechanics of vehicle/terrain interaction.

Professional automotive engineers in the off-road sector; students of automotive engineering, agricultural and mechanical engineering; mechanical and civil engineers studying terramechanics; vehicle dynamic specialists

Hardbound, 488 Pages

Published: October 2009

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-7506-8561-0


  • Prefaces
    Conversion Factors
    1. Introduction
    2. Modelling of Terrain Behaviour
    3. Measurement of Terrain Properties
    4. Characterization of the Response of Terrains to Normal and Repetitive Loadings
    5. Characterization of the Shearing Behaviour of Terrains
    6. Performance of Off-Road Vehicles
    7. Methods for Evaluating Tracked Vehicle Performance
    8. Computer-Aided Method NTVPM for Evaluating the Performance of Vehicles with Flexible Tracks
    9. Applications of the Computer-Aided Method NTVPM to Parametric Analysis of Vehicles with Flexible Tracks
    10. Computer-Aided Method RTVPM for Evaluating the Performance of Vehicles with Long-pitch Link Tracks
    11. Methods for Evaluating Wheeled Vehicle Performance
    12. Computer-Aided Method NWVPM for Evaluating the Performance of Tyres and Wheeled Vehicles


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