This book is intended for engineers and engineering students. It describes the functional performance of agricultural tractors - how and how well they perform the load-pulling function for which they were designed. It treats the tractor in terms of the fundamentals of the subject and consequently is not limited to any type, size or make of tractor.
This book is written for students of professional agricultural engineering courses or equivalent subjects for mechanical engineers and assumes a second year level of engineering science. It also provides a basis for short courses for practicing engineers.
The book develops the subject of tractor performance through the common alternative techniques used in engineering analysis: ideal (ie theoretical simple mechanics); experimental (ideal / firm surface, measurement based); theoretical (soft surface); empirical (soft surface). This provides an incidental didactic purpose that is not possible when authors move from one analytical technique to another without explanation. Thus, the book takes the reader from the elementary mechanics of the tractor alone to the more complex mechanics of the tractor when attached to an implement.
One of the most significant features of the book is its treatment of performance in quantitative terms with many graphs and illustrations. These enable the reader to visualise relationships compared with a descriptive or numerical presentation. The book is principally analytical but a practical component is provided through the worked examples and the problems, with answers, given through the text.
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