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    Author(s): C.R. Vechinski; C.E. Johnson; R.L. Raper
    Date: 1998
    Source: Journal of Terramechanics 35 (1998) 55-67
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Variable load test data were used to evaluate the applicability of an existing forestry tire traction model for a new forestry tire and a worn tire of the same size with and without tire chains in a range of soil conditions. `The clay and sandy soi!s ranged in moisture content from 17 to 28%. Soil bulk density varied between 1.1 and 1.4g cm-3 with cone index values between 297 and 1418 kPa for a depth of 140mm. Two of the clay soils had surface cover or vegetation, the other clay soil and the sandy soil had no surface cover. Tractive performance data were collected in soil bins using a single tire test vehicle with the tire running at 20% slip. A non-linear curve fitting technique was used to optimize the model by fitting it to collected input torque data by modifying the coefficients of the traction model equations. Generally, this procedure resulted in improved prediction of input torque, gross traction ratio and net traction ratio. The predicted tractive performance using the optimized coefficients showed that the model worked reasonably well on bare, uniform soils with the new tire. The model was flexible and could be modified to predict tractive performance of the worn tire with and without chains on the bare homogeneous soils. The model was not adequate for predicting tractive performance on less uniform soils with a surface cover for any of the tire treatments.

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    Vechinski, C.R.; Johnson, C.E.; Raper, R.L. 1998. Evaluation of an Empirical Traction Equation for Forestry Tires. Journal of Terramechanics 35 (1998) 55-67

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