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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2003

Rut depth, soil compaction and rolling resistance when using bogie tracks

Bygden G, Eliasson L, Wadsterlund I


There are few studies of rolling resistance for bogie tracks on forestry machines. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of wheels and two types of bogie tracks on rut formation, cone index, and vehicle rolling resistance on some typical forest soils in Sweden. In an experiment, two types of tracks were put on a trailer with a bogie with hydraulic extension on the pulling bar giving the trailer repeatable travelling speed. Loads of 0 and 9.9 Mg were used on the trailer. The main results of this study are: Compared to rather wide and soft tires, tracks on the bogie reduced rut depth by up to 40% and cone index in the ruts by about 10%, although the tracks increased the mass on the trailer by 10-12%. The relative rolling resistance coefficient was not higher for tracks than for wheels. Further studies should be conducted to show the effect of track tension on rolling resistance and flotation and of the effects of tracks on heavy vehicles on subsoil compaction. (C) 2003 ISTVS. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved

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Journal of Terramechanics
2003, Volume: 40, number: 3, pages: 179-190

      SLU Authors

    • Eliasson, Lars

      • Department of Silviculture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
      • Wästerlund, Iwan

        • Department of Silviculture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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      Forest Science

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