Dynamics of Wheel–Soil Systems

 Dynamics of  Wheel–Soil Systems
A Soil Stress and Deformation-Based Approach

Dynamics of  Wheel–Soil Systems

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This book was written as a reference for anyone involved in terramechanics who is studying wheel–soil mechanics, specifically soil responses quantified as soil stresses and deformations. I collected, analysed, and present results from my 15 years of experience in field experimentation on wheel–soil dynamics to create a single-source reference. Readers—auto-motive and agricultural engineers, instrumentation design engineers,researchers, and graduate students—will find descriptions of methods and devices for soil stress and deformation measurements along with numerical data from field experiments.

The methods and procedures can provide practical solutions to numerous methodological problems that may arise during the design and preparation of field experiments. I have omitted or minimised the oretical considerations as they are well addressed in the cited literature.

Instead, wheel–soil dynamics are based on experimental data obtained from full-scale field settings. I tried to keep the text simple and concise throughout and assumed that potential readers have background knowledge of automotive and agricultural engineering, elementary soil mechanics, electronics, and metrology.

I express gratitude to several people, whose help was substantial:
Professor Reiner Horn, under whose supervision I developed a passion for soil stress and deformation measurements; Professors Krystyna Konstankiewicz and Adam Pukos, who nurtured that passion during my doctoral studies at the Institute of Agrophysics in Lublin; Col. Dr. Jarosław Dąbrowski, a great partner and friend through many years of research and field work that produced many unforgettable moments and optimistic conclusions; and Professor Piotr Tarkowski for his spiritual care, continued tolerance, and encouragement. Also, many thanks to Susan Hardy, who agreed to read the entire manuscript. Her helpful comments, corrections, and editing improved the quality of the text.

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