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Determining Average Skidding Distance on Rough Terrain

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A method has been developed for accurately determining average skidding distance and surface area as affected by roughness of terrain. The mathematical procedure is based on a geometrical approximation of sectors of circles and use of three-dimensional coordinate data from a topographic map. The methodology, applicable to tracts of either regular or irregular shape, is presented for use with pocket calculator or electronic computer.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Director of Research and Development for Swain Industries, Inc., Seymour, Indiana

Publication date: February 1, 1979

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