In this paper, the realisation of a multibody model of a tracked machine is described. A new compact modelling of the tracks–soil interaction is presented and soil mechanics laws for terrain response are implemented. Tracked vehicles can be used in different fields such as agriculture, military and construction. The conditions of the terrain on which they operate may vary a lot, in terms of soil composition, slope and roughness. For this reason, performance of tracked vehicles is difficult to predict without a great number of field tests. The model is developed in a multibody code that makes it possible to investigate its dynamic and kinematic behaviour in several operating conditions. A specific routine is implemented in the multibody model in order to simulate the behaviour of the tracked vehicle on deformable terrains. The main hypothesis of this paper is that the terrain deformation could be in a narrow zone affected by the vehicle. Thus, the deformation of the soil is kinematically correlated to the vehicle. Soil mechanics equations are implemented on each track portion and solved only for track links in contact with the soil. The latter is modelled as a rigid body and terrain stress or deformation are not directly computed, thus simplifying solution and terrain modelling despite obtaining coherent results in terms of vehicle traction force, slip and sinkage. Results are reported pointing out performance of the tracked machine on different ground conditions.

Multibody simulation of a tracked vehicle with deformable ground contact model / Nicolini, Andrea; Mocera, Francesco; Somà, Aurelio. - In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. PROCEEDINGS PART K, JOURNAL OF MULTI-BODY DYNAMICS. - ISSN 1464-4193. - STAMPA. - (2019), p. 146441931878429. [10.1177/1464419318784293]

Multibody simulation of a tracked vehicle with deformable ground contact model

Nicolini, Andrea;Mocera, Francesco;Somà, Aurelio
2019

Abstract

In this paper, the realisation of a multibody model of a tracked machine is described. A new compact modelling of the tracks–soil interaction is presented and soil mechanics laws for terrain response are implemented. Tracked vehicles can be used in different fields such as agriculture, military and construction. The conditions of the terrain on which they operate may vary a lot, in terms of soil composition, slope and roughness. For this reason, performance of tracked vehicles is difficult to predict without a great number of field tests. The model is developed in a multibody code that makes it possible to investigate its dynamic and kinematic behaviour in several operating conditions. A specific routine is implemented in the multibody model in order to simulate the behaviour of the tracked vehicle on deformable terrains. The main hypothesis of this paper is that the terrain deformation could be in a narrow zone affected by the vehicle. Thus, the deformation of the soil is kinematically correlated to the vehicle. Soil mechanics equations are implemented on each track portion and solved only for track links in contact with the soil. The latter is modelled as a rigid body and terrain stress or deformation are not directly computed, thus simplifying solution and terrain modelling despite obtaining coherent results in terms of vehicle traction force, slip and sinkage. Results are reported pointing out performance of the tracked machine on different ground conditions.
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