The Keweenaw Research Center is involved in all aspects of mobility research
from design of vehicle components and systems, to vehicle testing, to terrain
modeling and manipulation. A team of experts is always available to study
the smallest component of a vehicle or model the entire system in a real
KRC’s Systems Evaluation
Group or SEG has over 20 years of experience in conducting a wide variety
of vehicle mobility tests on vehicles ranging
from snowmobiles and ATV’s to large trucks and even military tanks.
The SEG handles the vehicle end of mobility testing while the ISR group
at KRC performs the terrain characterization. Using the wide variety of
soil and snow conditions on the KRC test course we can test under almost
Typical mobility tests include drawbar
pull, braking, slope climbing and side slope stability. KRC uses state
of the art instrumentation and data acquisition systems on the vehicles
to monitor and record data for later analysis.
Mobility tests are typically conducted for
one of a number of reasons which include comparing performance of vehicles,
determining if your vehicle meets a certain specification, setting specifications
for marketing purposes or determining mobility performance as a baseline
and investigating methods
for improving the baseline mobility to a higher level.
Together with our mobility
modeling capabilities, KRC has the experience to analyze and make recommendations
for improving your vehicle’s mobility.