A new design for a tracked forestry machine bogie is investigated using nonsmooth multibody dynamics simulation. The new bogie is shown to have significantly higher mobility and less ground damage than a conventional tracked bogie but requires larger torque.
J. Edlund, E. Keramati and M. Servin, "A long-tracked bogie design for forestry machines on soft and rough terrain", accepted for publication in Journal of Terramechanics (2013).
Acknowledgements: The authors wish to thank Vimek AB for proposing the LTB and providing background data and Algoryx Simulations for supporting the project with simulation software. We are grateful to professor Urban Bergsten for bringing together the Swedish Agricultural University, Umeå University and Vimek AB in this research project. This project was funded in part by Sveaskog, FIRST (Forest Industrial Research School of Technology) and UMIT Research Lab by the means of the European Regional Development Fund.