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Predicting Axle Loads on Trucks Hauling Tree-Length Logs

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A methodology for predicting legal weight of loads of tree-length stems on tractor-trailer trucks is presented, with examples. The technique uses tree profile equations to predict center of mass and weight of stems. Load distribution on axles is accomplished by simplifying a formula based on the method of moments. One finding shows that with overhang longer than 15 feet, rear axles become overloaded before the maximum gross weight is reached.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forestry, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State 39762

Publication date: August 1, 1985

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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