TOWARDS MODIFIED DYNAMIC RESISTIVE FORCE THEORY FOR A FAST-ROTATING WHEEL ON LOOSE SAND

Yudai Tanabe, Genya Ishigami

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Abstract

Newly proposed missions to the Moon/Mars often require vehicles to operate at high speed for time-efficient surface explorations. Among wheel-terrain interaction models in the past being applicable for quasi-static locomotion, a granular Resistive Force Theory (RFT) is increasingly employed alternatively for its simplicity and applicability. The RFT has also been extended to the Dynamic RFT (DRFT), which considers the rate-dependent effects often seen in the high-speed locomotion. In this research, first, we validate the DRFT through single-wheel experiments. The results suggest that the original DRFT underestimates the influence of wheel rut and that the granular flow beneath the wheel may decrease the wheel traction force. We then propose an empirically modified DRFT (m-DRFT), which considers an appropriate evaluation of the wheel rut depth and a simplified model for the granular flow. The comparison with the experimental results confirms that the m-DRFT accurately predicts the wheel drawbar pull in relatively low slip conditions while the original DRFT overestimates it. Moreover, the m-DRFT reproduces the temporal oscillations of the drawbar pull generated by the wheel grousers. These results imply that the m-DRFT is applicable for transient locomotion state or even fast-rotating wheel where estimating the sequential changes of wheel forces becomes essential.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International and 9th Americas Conference of the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems, ISTVS 2021
EditorsMassimo Martelli, Jozsef Kovecses, Mohit Shenvi, Jenna Dixon
PublisherInternational Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9781942112525
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event20th International and 9th Americas Conference of the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems, ISTVS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2021 Sep 272021 Sep 29

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 20th International and 9th Americas Conference of the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems, ISTVS 2021

Conference

Conference20th International and 9th Americas Conference of the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems, ISTVS 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period21/9/2721/9/29

Keywords

  • Planetary exploration
  • Resistive force theory
  • Wheel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering

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