Precise measurement of soil deformation and fluctuation in drawbar pull for steel and rubber-coated rigid wheels

T. Shikanai, K. Hashiguchi, Y. Nohse, M. Ueno, T. Okayasu

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The travelling performance of rigid wheels on sand stratum is measured using two kinds of surface material, i.e. steel and steel coated with rubber. A new method for measuring the displacement of soil beneath the wheel has been developed using small polyester film markers. The trajectories of soil particles beneath the wheels are approximated by an exponential function and the fluctuations in the drawbar pull are represented by a sinusoidal function. The amplitude and basic wavelength of the fluctuation in the drawbar pull are discussed for both types of wheels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-39
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Terramechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering

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