Studies of the Dynamics of Tracked Vehicles
Final rept. 1970-1971
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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A field test program was conducted with four tracked vehicles to determine how strongly the presence of the track affects ride dynamics and to guide in the development of a mathematical model. The vehicles were towed over an assortment of obstacles, first with tracks installed and then with tracks removed. A direct comparison of dynamic responses under these two conditions indicated that the influence of the track is strongly dependent on velocity, and that mathematical models of tracked vehicles must incorporate a track contribution. A mathematical model that portrays essential features of track mechanics without excessive detail was developed.
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