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Chapter 2. Traction Mechanics. Part IV. Track Systems

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Published in Advances in Soil Dynamics Volume 3 Chapter 2, Part IV, pp. 130-161 (Copyright 2009 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers )  .(doi:10.13031/2013.26870)
Authors:   Part IV Primary Authors: Mustafa Alsaleh, William Evans, Keven Hofstetter. Chapter Coordinators: Dvoralai Wulfsohn, Thomas R. Way, Shrini K. Upadhyaya, and William J. Chancellor
Keywords:   Design of Track Systems, Link Track, Track Shoe, Continuously Flexible Track, Effects of Track System Design Parameters on Tractive Performance, Tractive Performance Parameters, Track Slip, Tractive Force, Track Motion Resistance, Tractive Performance, Analytical Methods, Concluding Remarks.

Abstract [First paragraph]: Tracked vehicles are used in a wide variety of applications, including construction, mining, agriculture, logging, and military. Tracks utilize the traction potential of the soil efficiently and provide excellent off-road mobility. A tracks long, narrow contact patch leads to a large contact area, which in turn reduces the amount of soil deformation needed to develop tractive force compared to other tractive devices and minimizes surface soil compaction. Tracks distribute vehicle weight over a relatively large area, thus providing excellent flotation in soft soils. Tracks are able to bridge variations in terrain profile to provide a smooth ride and a stable platform on rough terrain. Tracked vehicles are sometimes referred to as tracklayers since they appear to lay down an endless track on which the vehicle rides (fig. 2.78).

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