Soil damage models for off-road vehicles

James Hambleton*, Andrew Drescher

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Off-road vehicles such as ATVs, SUVs, dirt bikes, and hauling trucks cause damage to soft soils in unpaved areas within parks, forests, wetlands, and tundra. These vehicles can form deep ruts which result in destruction of vegetation, changes in water absorption/retention, and reduction in aesthetical land values. Large areas of particularly vulnerable soils are becoming increasingly common in northern regions, where permafrost is disappearing as a result of climate change. In this paper, theoretical models that predict the effect of material properties, wheel geometry, and wheel load on wheel penetration and rutting in cohesive soils are presented. The effects of tire flexibility are considered, as well. The models are approximate, yet predict similar response as that obtained from comprehensive numerical simulation. Copyright ASCE 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of session of GeoCongress 2008 - GeoCongress 2008
Subtitle of host publicationGeosustainability and Geohazard Mitigation, GSP 178
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventGeoCongress 2008: Geosustainability and Geohazard Mitigation - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2008Mar 12 2008

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeoCongress 2008: Geosustainability and Geohazard Mitigation
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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