EFFECT OF CARGO SHIFTING ON VEHICLE HANDLING

The objective of the program was to determine in full-scale testing how dynamic cargo shifting affects the stability of articulated trucks and establish the severity of the problem for two cases: (1) sloshing of liquid cargo and (2) swinging of hanging meat. Two tasks (A and B) were accomplished. Task A, Planning and Preparation, was devoted to obtaining information on hanging meat and liquid cargo loading procedures; identifying representative test vehicles on the basis of industry usage, accident exposure, and mileage accumulation; and developing the test plans, procedures, and instrumentation. Task B, Conduct of Tests, was devoted to preparing the vehicles and instrumentation; mounting the instrumentation and performing necessary calibrations; driver selection, training, and system orientation; conducting the tests; and data acquisition and analysis. /FHWA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Dynamic Science

    1850 West Pinnacle Peak Road
    Phoenix, AZ  USA  85027
  • Authors:
    • Culley, C
    • Anderson, R L
    • Wesson, L E
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 135 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00300490
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-78- 76 Final Rpt., FCP 30B0-012
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-9195
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1979 12:00AM