1966-02-01

Role of Soil Mechanics in the Future of Earthmoving Machinery 660589

The mechanics of soils is of fundamental importance in earthmoving and other soil manipulation operations. Future design of machinery for these purposes will make increasing use of this technical discipline. The first step which is to subdivide the soil-machine system into components based upon the phenomena involved is illustrated. The role of soil mechanics is shown and the important areas of study needed to develop design procedures are discussed. Finally, several topics expected to receive increasing attention in the future are considered. The overall objective of the paper is to show the importance of using soil mechanics in machine design and to encourage the further development of the interdisciplinary approach to problems dealing with soil-machine systems.

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