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Soil-mechanics based testbed setup for lunar rover wheel and corresponding experimental investigations

Jiang, M, Dai, Y, Cui, Liang and Xi, B (2017) Soil-mechanics based testbed setup for lunar rover wheel and corresponding experimental investigations Journal of Aerospace Engineering.

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Abstract

This paper introduced a testbed developed from a perspective of soil mechanics which not only focused on wheel design and optimization but also considered the elimination of the boundary effect caused by soil bin. Using this testbed, a series of experimental investigations were performed by changing the wheel rotational velocity, vertical load and towed load. Tracks were generated at a regular spacing as the wheel lugs enter and exit the soil periodically. It has been found that there is a relationship between the track length and wheel slip ratio regardless of different mechanical properties of soil. The wheel rotational velocity has little effect on the driving torque and sinkage. The towed load affects more on the driving torque than on the sinkage. However, the vertical load effects on the driving torque and sinkage are similar. The current models used for parameter estimations may not be appropriate for TJ-1 lunar soil simulant which has a relatively high internal friction angle according to the experimental results. But the internal friction angle and cohesion can still be estimated with proper selection of shear deformation modulus using the model proposed by Li et al(2011).

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Civil & Environmental Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Jiang, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dai, YUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cui, LiangL.Cui@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Xi, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 3 August 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 ASCE
Uncontrolled Keywords : Testbed; boundary effect; parameter estimation; mechanical property; earth pressure
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 03 May 2017 08:39
Last Modified : 25 Jul 2017 09:52
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/814094

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