Model Development for Ground-Engaging Tools using Real-Time Numerical Terramechanics and Discrete-Element Method

This Ph.D. study will focus on simulating and validating soil flow behavior models using numerical terramechanics for three distinct applications of soil flow behaviors from operations of construction equipment: hauling loose material (wheel loader), excavation of soil (backhoe loader/excavator) and pushing large quantities of soil (bulldozer). Numerical terramechanics models will be compared with DEM models in terms of prediction of forces on ground-engaging tools and to quantify soil flow behavior. The main advantage of this type of real-time simulation allows for direct control of the equipment to quickly observe the general soil behavior (for design optimization) and for training purposes of operators.

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Guillaume Cloutier Boily
Faculty Supervisor: 
Viacheslav Adamchuk
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Quebec
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