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Title: Mobility Environmental Research Study : a Quantitative Method for Describing Terrain for Ground Mobility. Volume I, Summary
Authors: Shamburger, J. H. (John H.)
Grabau, Warren E.
Mobility and Environmental Systems Laboratory (U.S.)
Keywords: Vehicles, Military--Dynamics
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station);no. 3-726 v.1
Abstract: Knowledge of exact terrain conditions and vehicle characteristics is a prerequisite for predicting vehicle performance across terrain, The development at the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station of an analytical model for predicting the crosscountry speed of ground-contact military vehicles resulted in the isolation of those terrain factors that significantly affec~ the locomotion of ground-contact vehicles. Those factors are encompassed in four factor families--surface composition, surface geometry, vegetation, and hydrologic geometry. Since a condition of this study was to establish the effects of terrain on vehicle locomotion in Southeast Asia, six areas in Thailand were selected for detailed study. These areas are in the vicinities of NakhonSawan, Lop Buri, Chiang Mai, Pran Buri, Khon Kaen, and Chanthaburi. This report is presented in eight volumes. This volume is a summary and discusses in general terms the procedures that were used to acquire the necessary quantitative terrain information and the techniques that were employed to adapt these data to displays that meet the specific requirements of cross-country locomotion analysis. Data collection, reduction and analysis procedures, and techniques for mapping the specific factors of each factor family are presented in Volume II (Surface Composition), Volume III (Surface Geometry), Volume IV (Vegetation), and Volume V (Hydrologic Geometry). Data summaries are included as appendixes to the appropriate volumes. Air-photo interpretation techniques used to identify air-photo patterns of terrain features are presented in Volume VI. The method used to synthesize the factor-family maps into factor-complex maps for mobility purposes is presented in Volume VII Map sets for each of the four factor families for the six study areas are presented in Volume VIII.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: Technical Report No. 3-726 Volume 1
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
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