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

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Chapter 10

Computer-Aided Method RTVPM for Evaluating the Performance of Vehicles with Long-Pitch Link Tracks

The computer-aided method NTVPM described in the previous two chapters is intended for design and performance evaluation of tracked vehicles with rubber belt (band) tracks or link tracks with relatively short track pitch, referred to as flexible tracks. The flexible track allows the vehicle to operate at relatively high speeds without excessive speed fluctuations and associated vibrations. For slow-moving tracked vehicles commonly used in farming, the construction industry, the logging industry, etc., rigid link tracks with relatively long track pitch are employed. The intention is to provide a more uniform ground pressure distribution. ...

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