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

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Chapter 11

Methods for Evaluating Wheeled Vehicle Performance

Close to 5500 years have elapsed since the invention of the wheel. However, human’s quest for a better understanding of this seemingly simple invention and his fascination for its refinement appear to be unabated even to this date (Wong, 1984a, c).

The problem of wheel–terrain interaction may seem antiquated in this technologically advanced era of space exploration, nanotechnology, robotics and microelectronics. It is, nevertheless, a complex problem, at least from an analytical viewpoint, for the characteristics of wheel–terrain interaction are influenced by a large number of design and operational factors, as well as terrain characteristics. This is illustrated by the characteristics ...

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