‘Morph’ axle technology for superior next-generation amphibious vehicle

November 14th, 2007 - 2:19 am ICT by admin  
Among the limiting factors for off - road travel is how far the wheels can move up and down to accommodate rough terrain. This, in turn, is determined by the size of the vehicle.

Now Oshkosh has come up with a design that it says should allow smaller vehicles more movable wheels.

Oshkosh says the trick is to allow the axle to “morph”, which in other words means that the axle can pivot in its centre so that both wheels can ride up and down independently without affecting the vehicle’s overall distance from the ground.

Company engineers say the design should help a light amphibious truck travel over rough ground or other terrain and even operate in water more effectively, reports New Scientist magazine. (ANI)

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