A Report on a Limited Study to Develop Footwear to Reduce Soft-Soil Penetration.
NAVY CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RESEARCH UNIT NATICK MASS
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The primary objective of the study discussed in this report was the development of a footwear item to be field tested for reduction of foot penetration and improvement of personnel mobility in soft soil. Study of available data supported the design approach that reduced bearing pressures, accomplished by prudent increase of sole-surface contact area, would decrease sole penetration while increasing walking speed potential. Laboratory tests, developed specifically for comparative measurements of prototype designs in soft plastic soil, were conducted to compare prototype footwear with standard footwear. A final prototype shoe, which should be field-tested to established actual improvement in foot mobility, was selected. It is also recommended that, prior to further field tests, advanced prototype configurations should be laboratory tested. Author
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