Engineering

CREATING THE ULTIMATE POLAR TRACTOR

TRACTOR ADAPTATIONS

A tractor to endure whatever Mother Nature throws its way

Through intensive testing in Northern Canada, Iceland, and a cold chamber in a military installation in France, Massey Ferguson engineers developed the ultimate tractor for the Antarctica2 expedition. Whilst the MF 5610’s 3 cylinder engine remained unaltered, the tractor underwent a number of adaptations to help ensure Tractor Girl and the team make it to the South Pole.

 

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TYRES

A 5.5 tonne tractor travelling at speeds of up to 35km/h on snow means it’s essential to have the correct tyres.

Trelleborg engineers worked with Massey Ferguson to develop a special multi-purpose set of complete wheels, both tyres and rims, for the MF 5610. After intense numerical simulations combined with indoor and outdoor testing, Trelleborg engineers opted to adapt the tread pattern of the ProgressiveTraction™ tyre, reducing the height and rounding tread at the shoulder, to make the tyre better suited to run on soft ground reflective of that to be experienced in Antarctica. A unique carcass design capable of performing at a pressure as low as 0.3 bar was developed while a special tread shape and surface was implemented to provide the required grip.

The tyres then underwent endurance testing to assess their reliability: because let’s face it, nobody wants to change a tyre on the ice fields of Antarctica.

More information on Trelleborg tyres.

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FUEL SUPPLY

Even the formidable Arctic Trucks support vehicles on Antarctica2 are unable to transport the required amount of fuel for the MF 5610 to complete its journey. So, engineers added a trailer to the back of the tractor, carrying six 200-litre barrels. They also developed a 400L auxiliary fuel tank, fixed to the tractor by a purpose-built frame connected to the three-point linkage rear system.

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COLD WEATHER CABIN

To protect the driver from the elements, engineers fitted an additional heating system in the cab and added thermal protection on the windows. Instead of glass, engineers used polycarbonate windows that are more resistant to wind and less likely to break.

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DRIVER COMFORT

The harsh terrain of Antarctica means the driver is likely to experience a rough ride at times. To cope with bumps and jolts, an extra secure four point-seatbelt has been fitted, and there’s a hand rail too. So the driver can steady themselves with one arm, whilst driving with the other.

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ELECTRICS

Severe cold can affect the performance of the ECUs (Electrical Control Units) in the cab, so engineers designed a cab floor with thermal protection to moderate their temperature. Thermal protection was also needed for the battery and they had to use liquid-free battery technology. This is because battery liquid is banned in Antarctica in case any accidental leakage causes environmental damage.

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OIL

If the engine stops for prolonged periods in sub-zero temperatures, the oil - which has been supplied by Castrol - becomes too viscous, making it almost impossible to re-start. So the engineers added Webasto technology and glycol tubes around the engine and transaxle to maintain the oil temperature. They also developed metallic protection around the engine and transaxle to conserve their thermal energy. And they chose an engine oil specifically designed for high performance in very low temperatures. More information on Castrol oil..

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AIR INTAKE AND FILTRATION

The grille on the nose of the MF 5610 was changed to incorporate larger air intakes and to increase air filtration into the engine. Engineers also reworked the shape of the grille to avoid ice formation.

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CREVASSE SAFETY

Getting stuck in one of Antarctica’s numerous crevasses is a very real danger – it happened on Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition and could easily happen on Antarctica2. With this in mind, engineers fitted a 1.6 metre tow bar and built-in winch, making it significantly easier to get the MF 5610 out of trouble.

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Support vehicles

No strangers to the brutality of nature

Support vehicles

Toyota Hilux AT44

TOUGH TRUCKS FOR A TOUGH ENVIRONMENT

Along with the MF 5610, the Antarctica2 expedition features two support vehicles. These have been supplied by expedition experts Arctic Trucks, a company that specialises in modifying 4WD vehicles for use in seriously harsh environments. From polar regions to deserts, their vehicles have been used all over the world by rescue teams, police forces, and the military – not to mention countless expeditions.

For Antarctica2, they selected two Toyota Hilux AT44 trucks. Tried and tested in Antarctic conditions, they combine impressive cold-climate capabilities with huge load capacities. A good job, considering they’re carrying all the team’s equipment, food, fuel, tents, and communication systems. Both trucks are fitted with safety equipment for crevasse rescue and large tyres that can cope with snow and ice in all its forms. In addition, one of them is a 6x6 vehicle (rather than 4x4) with two extra wheels offering even greater traction should emergency pulling power be needed.

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