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Title: Improved vehicle mobility by using terrain surfacing systems
Authors: Rushing, John F.
Harder, Daniel E.
Keywords: Terrain surfacing
Matting
Site stability
Mobility
Publisher: Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous Paper (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/GSL MP-20-1
Abstract: Even for military vehicles designed with superior off-road capabilities, problematic soil conditions can impede mobility, particularly when many vehicles need to traverse the same path. Loose sands with little shear strength or wet silts or clays with little bearing capacity can deform rapidly under traffic. Researchers at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center conducted field testing over several different terrain conditions to measure performance of terrain surfacing systems designed to improve vehicle mobility. Soil conditions included poorly-graded sand, medium-strength silt, weak marsh, and two different slope conditions. Five different terrain surfacing, or matting systems, were tested that included four commercial variants and one U.S. government design. All testing took place at the ERDC Ground Vehicle Terrain Surfacing Test Facility in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. Military test vehicles included a Marine Tactical Vehicle Replacement, Common Bridge Transporter, and M1 Abrams tank. Results from the testing showed that all matting systems provided notable improvement in the number of allowable vehicle passes over soft sands. Results varied for the different systems over weaker soils, with performance improved for those matting systems having thicker and stiffer panels. However, improved performance among matting systems came with a sacrifice of increased logistical burden. Data presented herein include detailed site characteristics and soil deformation as a function of traffic.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/GSL MP-20-1
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11681/36357
http://dx.doi.org/10.21079/11681/36357
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