Article Title:RecurDyn Motion Simulation Software Simulates Track Loder
Writer: Brant Ross
Case New Holland (CNH), a leading agricultural and construction equipment company that is part of the Fiat Group, is increasing its motion simulation capabilities as its product designs evolve. One example is the design of compact track loaders that were developed to provide increased traction and reduced ground pressure as compared to traditional skid-steer loaders with tires. The Case 450CT compact track loader has 82 net horsepower (61 kW) with a 3,857-lb. lift capacity.
The addition of a track system adds additional moving components to a compact track loader, including the band track. The flexible behavior of the band track must be taken into account as well as its contact with the front and rear idlers and a number of track rollers. An engineering advantage of using a track system is that only one drive shaft is needed for each side, as compared to the two drive shafts per side that are used to provide the four-wheel drive of a typical skid-steer loader.
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