EVALUATION OF ELASTIC-FRAME VEHICLE CONCEPT.
GM DEFENSE RESEARCH LABS SANTA BARBARA CALIF
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A comprehensive test program was conducted with the objective of establishing design and performance parameters for an articulated, elastic-frame, wheeled vehicle concept. Exploratory tests were performed in the laboratory with a powered, 14scale model to obtain information on mobility and obstacle crossing and tests in the field with an unpowered, towed, full-size test rig to investigate maneuverability, directional stability, stresses in the elastic frame, and ride and vibration characteristics. From these results, recommendations are made for the design of a powered, elastic-frame, vehicle test rig. Author