Accession Number : ADP004387

Title :   RUD Introduces a Chain Device Type 'TERRA' - The New Combination of Polyurethan and Alloy Steel for Snow, Sand and Off-the-Road Terrain,

Corporate Author : RUD-KETTENFABRIK RIEGER AND DIETZ G M B H U CO AALEN (GERMANY F R)

Report Date : AUG 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : The increasing expenses in the development of tracked armoured vehicles and thus resulting trend for armoured wheel vehicles has led to the idea to develop an off-the-road chain . This new design guarantees the maneuverability of a wheeled vehicle and is compatible with a tracked vehicle. The new developed RUD off-the-road chain type TERRA is made of breaking resistant and tough polyurethan in combination with a very robust chain mesh made of alloy steel. Special chain elements allow quick and easy fitting. Thorough-going tests with leading manufacturers of armored vehicles have proved that the maneuverability in heavy muddy terrain is identical with the results of a tracked vehicle. The bearing surface of the tire is increased by approx. 50%, therefore, the tendency of sinking in of the vehicle is considerably reduced. The specific arrangement of the single plates guarantees good traction and self-cleaning of the chain. The result is an improvement of the climbing power and stability on slippery underground as well as on sand. This new chain device can be used on roads up to max. speed of 60 km/h without damaging the road surface. The tires are protected by the chain and, therefore, their economy is increased.

Descriptors :   *GROUND VEHICLES, *TIRE CHAINS, OFFROAD TRAFFIC, TRACKED VEHICLES, POLYURETHANE RESINS, STEEL, MOBILITY, TERRAIN, TRACTION, MANEUVERABILITY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE