Selected elements of the methodology and method of designing amphibious flood rescue vehicles
Gerigk, Mirosław Kazimierz
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The methodology of designing amphibious flood rescue vehicles at the preliminary stage of the design process has been presented. The study has been focused on the properties of such vehicles when afloat, with their on-land behaviour and performance characteristics having been left aside. In the study, a general assumption has been made that the amphibious flood rescue vehicles should be designed as, above all, watercraft that additionally can be driven on public roads and in off-road conditions. In the introduction, the solutions currently applied in the field of flood rescue transport facilities in Poland have been briefly defined. This has been followed by description of the methodology of designing amphibious flood rescue vehicles, supplemented with presentation of elements of the method of designing such vehicles that is based, firstly, on the assessment of vehicle performance and behaviour when afloat and, secondly, on the assessment of accident risk. The final part of this paper includes some remarks about modelling the shape of the hull of a modern amphibious flood rescue vehicle at the preliminary stage of designing such a vehicle. The methodology has been worked out with bearing in mind the planned further publications that would deal with computational models used for the designing of amphibious flood rescue vehicles.
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