From Clemson Engineering Design Applications and Research
Orr, M., Stowe, D., Thoe, S., Northup, K. et al., "Design of a Scaled Off-Vehicle Wheel Testing Device for Textile Tread Wear," SAE Technical Paper 2009-01-0562, 2009, doi:10.4271/2009-01-0562.
This paper describes the development of test equipment for determining the wear viability of various lunar wheel tread materials with service lives of up to ten years and 10,000 km. The problem is defined, and concepts are proposed, evaluated, and selected. An abrasive turntable is chosen for simplicity and accuracy of modeling the original wheel configuration. Additionally, the limitations of the test are identified, such as the sensitivity to off-vertical loading, and future work is projected in order to more effectively continue testing. Finally, this paper presents the challenges of collaborative research effort between an undergraduate research team and industry, with government lab representatives as customers.
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