Terramechanics and Off-Road Vehicle Engineering

2nd Edition

Terrain Behaviour, Off-Road Vehicle Performance and Design

Authors: J.Y. Wong
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750685610
eBook ISBN: 9780080942537
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 23rd October 2009
Page Count: 488
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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.

Key Features

  • The only book to cover the principles of off-road vehicle and terrain engineering, a rapidly developing sector that includes SUVs, tractors and agricultural vehicles, military vehicles, and construction equipment
  • Covers the latest developments in the field, including the latest computer-aided methods employed in the development of new generation of high-mobility off-road vehicles in Europe, North America and Asia.
  • Ideal for professional reference and course reference by students, with new detailed worked design examples, case studies, and accompanying problems and solutions.


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

Table of Contents

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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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About the Author

J.Y. Wong

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada