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Terramechanics and Off-Road Vehicle Engineering, 2nd Edition by J.Y. Wong

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Chapter 1

Introduction

Man has a long history of involvement in off-road locomotion, perhaps since the invention of the wheel about 3500 BC. Powered off-road vehicles have come into wide use in many parts of the world in agriculture, construction, cross-country transportation and military operations since the turn of last century. In spite of rapid progress in technology, the development of cross-country vehicles has, for a long period of time, been guided by empiricism and the ‘cut and try’ methodology. Systematic studies of the principles underlying the rational development of off-road vehicles did not receive significant attention until the middle of the 20th century. The publication of Dr M.G. Bekker’s classic treatises, Theory of Land Locomotion ...

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