Title: Integrated mechanics of hybrid electrical air-cushion tracked vehicle for swamp peat

Authors: Ataur Rahman, A.K.M. Mohiuddin, Altab Hossain, Ahmed Faris Ismail, Azmi Yahya

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ' Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ' Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ' Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia, 50728 KL, Malaysia. ' Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malasia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor DE, Malaysia

Abstract: This paper presents an integrated mechanics for the design of hybrid electrical air-cushion tracked vehicle. The air-cushion of HETAV is protected with a novel-design air-cushion supporting system which can adjust automatically. A propeller is installed on the vehicle to develop additional thrust for overcoming the dragging motion resistance of the air-cushion system. The mean values of traction for the vehicle with propeller compared with no propeller increased 10.21% and 6.47% for the vehicle weight of 2.45 kN and 3.43 kN, respectively. Similarly, it was found that the mean values of vehicle|s motion resistance decreases 12.63% and 25.81% for the vehicle weight of 2.45 kN and 3.43 kN, respectively.

Keywords: hybrid electric vehicles; HEVs; air-cushion tracked vehicles; auto-adjusting support system; propellers; hybrid vehicles; dragging motion resistance; vehicle mechanics; swamp peat.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2011.041588

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 2011 Vol.18 No.3, pp.227 - 244

Published online: 27 Jul 2011 *

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