Accession Number:

AD0269072

Title:

AN INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEM FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF TERRAIN PROFILE

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MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR INST OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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Report Date:

1961-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

An instrumentation system for the measurement of terrain profile was developed and tested. Its purpose is to provide a means for the rapid and accurate collection of terrain-profile data useful in analyzing the rough-ground performance of cross-country vehicles. The field equipment consists of a two-wheeled measuring assembly which is towed across the ground at a speed not exceeding 5 mph. Electrical instruments mounted on the assembly continuously measure the slope of the ground and the distance traveled along the surface. These quantities are recorded on magnetic tape. The magnetic tape is then returned to a laboratory data-processing system which obtains the profile data by integrating the slope of the ground with respect to surface travel. Preliminary analysis and tests indicate that the system is capable of obtaining terrain profile with an error having a standard deviation of not more than 4 inches in 100 feet. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE