Areal Evaluation of Vehicle Mobility,
BATTELLE-INSTITUT E V FRANKFURT AM MAIN (GERMANY F R)
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Evaluation of the mobility performance of wheeled off-road transportation vehicles is still considered to be under debate within the research as well as the design and user communities. Methodologies and design tools have not quite permitted a kind of standardized approach so far, although much progress has been achieved through the past five years. K.-J. Melzer has been discussing various possibilities of evaluating the traction of tires for off-road transportation vehicles in a position paper presented at the 2nd European Conference this paper concentrated on a mission-based analysis of mobility performance characteristics for a case study vehicle. Based on this case study, the authors will describe some evaluation tools relating to areal mobility performance characteristics of the vehicle under consideration. Such an approach requires comprehensive terrain data bases to be dealt with while applying computer-aided methods. The evaluation procedure will provide performance data which have to match the users requirement data which are defined in terms of characteristic speeds, immobilization percentages, that are achieved by a vehicle in an area under investigation.