Selvaraj, J., Purushothaman, D., and Haridas, P., "Reliable Measuring System for Fuel Consumption of Earth-Movers," SAE Technical Paper 2015-26-0148, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-26-0148.
Fuel economy is an important customer requirement which determines the position of earth-movers such as backhoe loaders in the market. Earth-movers are heavy duty machines that are used for construction works. Currently fuel consumption in earth-movers is quantified as fuel consumed per unit time (Liters per hour). Similarly, conventional measure of productivity of the earth-movers is in terms of volume of soil trenched per hour. Measurements using the above scales showed wide variations in measured fuel consumption and productivity, For the same equipment between measurementsTwo equipment of same make at different trench locations andAgainst the competitor equipmentThis inconsistency and lack of a proper measuring system made logical decision making extremely difficult. This paper describes the step by step procedures involved in deriving the methodology for robust fuel consumption measurement of earth-mover vehicles.