This module can only be taken as a Standalone Short Course.

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The course will provide a basic understanding of the way in which military vehicle, both wheel and track, develop traction at the terrain-wheel or terrain-track interface. Methods of determining mobility performance for different vehicle and the terrain conditions will be explained. From knowledge of dynamics at the terrain-wheel interface, different criteria will be developed which determine the mobility performance of the different military vehicles operating in different terrain conditions.

The study of mobility will include available modelling and testing techniques (both full- and scale-model), autonomous-vehicle mobility, and tyre dynamics and the modelling. The use of mobility models will be treated in some depth. The mechanics of the different soils will also be discussed – this includes the soil modelling and testing methods under laboratory and in-situ conditions. Lectures will be complemented by Audio-visual material and the tutorial sessions.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost


What you will learn

It is designed to give a concise but comprehensive account of the theory and application of the military vehicle mobility and terramechanics. Particular reference will be made to modern developments in the modelling and the testing methods which will helps the students to identify strength and weaknesses of the current approach and areas where future improvements could be made.      

Core content

  • Module Introduction and Course Overview
  • Introduction to Vehicle Mobility
  • Mobility Requirement
  • Vehicle Mobility: Wheel Vs Track
  • Mobility Performance Parameters
  • Soil Strength Measurement Methods
  • Modelling of Soil Strength
  • Tyre Design and Modelling
  • Full- and Scale- Vehicle Test Methods
  • An Overview of Mobility Models
  • Mobility Assessment: Wheeled Vehicle
  • Mobility Assessment: Tracked Vehicle
  • Sensors for Soil Strength Measurements
  • Terrain Mapping
  • Requirement for Ultra-Light Tactical Mobility
  • Modelling of Light-Weight Vehicle Mobility
  • An Over View of NRMM & NG-NRMM
  • Full- & Scale- Vehicle Testing (Lab)
  • Traction Analysis by FEM-DEM
  • Off-road Autonomous Vehicle Mobility
  • Concluding Remarks and Course Review

Who should attend

This course is appropriate to graduate engineers and technicians in the DOD, research establishments and industry who need to have an understanding of the military vehicle mobility and terramechanics in their work which includes research, design, development or production.

How to apply

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