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To reduce damage to soil structure through fundamental advances in tractive elements such as rubber tracks - SP0302

Description
To reduce damage to soil structure through fundamental advances in tractive elements, such as rubber tracks.

Previous work on pneumatic tyres for agricultural vehicles has shown how soil compaction can be minimised and efficiency of operation maximised by correct choice of tyre sizes. It has also shown, however, that further improvements are limited and future progress is only likely to be made through the use of tracks which, to allow road use, must be of rubber. Present research is aimed at evaluating the potential benefits of rubber tracks, which are likely to be achieved through increased tractive efficiency, leading to a reduction in vehicle weight, and a larger ground contact area, providing lower ground pressure.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1991

To: 1994

Cost: £480,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Silsoe Research Institute (BBSRC)
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Fields of Study
Soil Protection