DYNAMIC MODELING OF A TRUCK EQUIPPED WITH AN UNDERBODY MIDMOUNTED SNOWPLOW BLADE

Snowplow trucks are an important facet of highway and road safety in the northern areas of the United States. However, the design and performance of snow plows and the vehicles that snow plows are mounted on have not received adequate research and engineering attention. Most plows have been designed through trial and error. A comprehensive body of knowledge regarding the underlying mechanisms and forces needed to design and optimize snowplows does not exist. Thus, there appears to be great potential for research and subsequent improvement. In this project, a simulation model of a midbody mounted snowplow Ford L8000, similar to the Michigan Department of Transportation maintenance truck, was built and analyzed using DADS. Interviews with the users, computer simulations, and analysis of field test data have provided a vision of an improved snowplow truck. This model was validated by comparing the model results to the physical test results obtained from a test truck plowing snow. In addition, interviews with drivers and maintenance personnel provided insight on local snow removal techniques, many suggestions for improving the current designs, and a working knowledge of the equipment.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program
  • Corporate Authors:

    Great Lakes Center for Truck and Transit Research

    201 UMTRI Building, 2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2150

    Michigan Department of Transportation

    State Transportation Building, 425 West Ottawa Street, P.O. Box 30050
    Lansing, MI  United States  48909
  • Authors:
    • OLSON, W W
    • OSBORNE, M D
  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 104 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722097
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GLCTTR 68-95/01, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: DTRS92-G-0005
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 9 1996 12:00AM