This paper provides an overview of the truck and tractor-trailer braking and handling project which the Highway Safety Research Institute (HSRI) has been conducting for the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association. The purpose of this research is to establish a digital computer-based mathematical method for predicting the longitudinal and directional responses of trucks and tractor-trailers. In the context of this study, prediction involves the use of computer simulations to obtain numerical results that quantify the braking and steering responses of specific commercial vehicles (or projected vehicles). In addition to providing numerical results, the simulations can aid in developing an understanding of how changes in vehicle components and/or test conditions influence the response of a motor-truck system. A basic understanding of the influence of changes in vehicle parameters and test conditions on vehicle response is fundamental to gaining confidence that the simulations are predicting valid and useful results.

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 439-462

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  • Accession Number: 00127520
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM