RESEARCH PAPERS: Other Technical Papers

Traction Limits for Tracked Vehicles Crawling the Sea Bottom

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C. J. Nuttall

WNRE Inc., Chestertown, Md.

J. Eng. Ind 93(2), 717-727 (May 01, 1971) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3427988 History: Received August 03, 1970; Online July 15, 2010


State-of-the-art methods in regular use for the calculation of the maximum soil-limited net traction of tracked vehicles ashore are briefed. A few simple caveats in applying these to similar vehicles crawling on the sea floor are suggested. Results of limited preliminary tests with a small single-tracked machine in submerged natural silty sand, with supporting in situ soil strength measurements, are presented and commented in context.

Copyright © 1971 by ASME
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