NATC recognized the need for a tool which could correlate the capability of a
vehicle with the roads, trails and terrain over which it may operate.
Comprehensive knowledge gained over 45 years of analysis of the
vehicle-terrain-road system has allowed NATC to develop such a tool. NATC's
vehicle-trail rating classification system (V-TRCS™) provides organizations with
a dependable validated solution, matching vehicle capability to intended severe
condition on-road and off-road usage.
NATC's insight to worldwide terrain conditions was gained through extensive
vehicle duty cycle, road network and soil conditions research. The unique
location of NATC allows 85% of the terrain conditions where vehicles operate
around the world to be simulated within a 150 mile radius or our main facility.
The wide range of soil, terrain, trail and road conditions allows NATC to
accurately evaluate the interaction between vehicles and terrain. This is a key
element in the terrain severity rating system provided in V-TRCS™.
V-TRCS™ incorporates validated methods to quantify the severity of terrain
and trails and compare those conditions to the capabilities of a vehicle. V-TRCS™
considers the performance of the vehicle as a system (wheel travel, power,
torque, ground clearance, etc.) and evaluates the impact of vehicle
modifications on overall severe terrain operation. V-TRCS™ utilizes both
physical and virtual tests to predict
vehicle-terrain interaction. A comprehensive set of vehicle parameters are
evaluated to determine their contribution to vehicle mobility capability.
Complete system tuning can be accomplished by ensuring all components work in
concert to enhance vehicle mobility.
V-TRCS™ is a cutting edge tool that can be used to guide selection decisions,
after-market modifications and new vehicle design. Using V-TRCS™ for vehicle as
well as terrain analysis enables
organizations to match vehicle mobility capabilities to terrain severity. To
optimize fleet expenses, V-TRCS™ used in
conjunction with NATC’s durability and performance solutions, can determine
complete life cycle costs.
Fleet purchasers can maximize capability while achieving optimal vehicle life
cycle costs; including maintenance, fuel costs and acquisition costs. For
existing vehicle fleets, V-TRCS™ can be used to
determine the capability of the current fleet to meet the challenges of new
applications. Vehicle and after market part manufacturers can quantify the
impact of system changes on mobility.
V-TRCS™ can be appropriately scaled to evaluate vehicles ranging from off-road
recreational vehicles to the
largest logistics vehicle. V-TRCS™ can also be scaled to the scope of potential
terrains. Selection from a comprehensive, worldwide library of terrains enables
V-TRCS™ to include all the applicable
conditions for a given study.
V-TRCS™ provides a new capability to the automotive industry. To discover how
V-TRCS™ can benefit your application please contact NATC.