The literature on braking, stability, jacknifing and trailer swing is reviewed in sufficient detail to reveal a pattern of development. From this clearly emerges a realisation that there are sufficient theories of braking behaviour but insufficient experimental confirmation. A number of areas where further investigation might be justified are identified, but, by-and-large, the subject seems to be largely a fascinating mathematical exercise rather than a source of guidance to the vehicle designer and operator. Over all lies a pall of uncertainty about just how important the problem is anyway. Objective data is just not available and subjective data range between two extremes. "Guestimate" based on largely irrelevant data shown only that instability of articulated vehicles could be or might not be a significant problem] The single fact which is clear from a study of the subject is the urgent need for relevant statistics. /RTAC/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Carleton University

    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1125 Colonel By Drive
    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1S 5B6
  • Authors:
    • Marples, V
  • Publication Date: 1975-1

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00129465
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Acty. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM