This project presents a novel tractor architecture to enable mechanization of bullock power in India. Existing tractors are inadequate substitutes for bullocks. Bullock's compact dimensions, high maneuverability, and low capital cost have allowed them to remain a popular choice for small and large farmers. These bullocks, however, are slow at covering ground, incompatible with modern precision tools, and have higher maintenance costs than tractors.
An Engineering Review of the Farm Tractor's Evolution to a Dominant Design
Diaz Lankenau, G., & Winter, A., ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. (2018 - Accepted)
Proof-of-Concept Evaluation of a Low-Cost and Low-Weight Tractor for Small-Scale Farms
Arelekatti, V. N. M., Björkdal, D., Graves, C., Wong, A., Mkrtchyan, A., & Winter, A., ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (2014)
The mechanics of tractor performance and their impact on historical and future device designs
Diaz Lankenau, G.F., Master's Thesis (MIT, 2017)