Validation of a vehicle mobility computer model for heavy earthmoving equipment
KeywordsAll terrain vehicles -- Off-road operation -- Computer simulation.
Tractors -- Off-road operation -- Computer simulation.
AdvisorNowatzki, Edward A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe computer program WHEEL is a mathematical model which predicts off-road vehicle performance characteristics. The program was developed using empirical relationships resulting from mobility tests on conventional-sized trucks and tires. The model was subsequently validated by comparing the model's predicted values of vehicle performance parameters, such as net drawbar pull, slip, sinkage and torque, with field test results for conventional-sized vehicles. However, validity of the model for predicting the off-road mobility of vehicles with large diameter tires was not established. The purpose of this study was to provide this validation. Values of net drawbar pull and slip for a Case 2390 tractor with 70.2" diameter driven wheels predicted by computer program WHEEL compare favorably with traction data obtained from tractor performance tests conducted by the University of Arizona Department of Agricultural Engineering. Therefore, the model may be used confidently to analyze performance of vehicles with large diameter wheels.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics