Dynamic modeling of forces on snowplow equipped trucks

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics; Keweenaw Research Center


A major task of road and airfield maintenance for transportation departments in the Northern United States and in cold regions globally is snow removal. In addition, there is a service industry built on snowplow equipped light trucks to remove snow from vehicle serviceways and parking lots. Thus, a source of stresses on a truck frame are the forces applied by the plow. Unfortunately, very little research has been performed to provide design models that will predict these forces. In this paper, both theoretical and experimental work on developing expressions for snowplow forces will be discussed.

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SAE Technical Papers