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

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Chapter 7

Methods for Evaluating Tracked Vehicle Performance

The track was first conceived in the 18th century as a ‘portable railway’ and tracked vehicles have been used on a large-scale since the turn of the last century. However, for a long period of time, the development and design of tracked vehicles have been, by and large, guided by past experience and the ‘cut and try’ methodology. As economic and social conditions change with the rapid progress in technology, the ‘trial and error’ approach to off-road vehicle development has become extremely inefficient and prohibitively expensive. Furthermore, new requirements for greater mobility over a wider range of terrains in all seasons, and growing demands for energy conservation and environmental ...

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