The goals of the research project were threefold, namely, (1) to elucidate the mechanics of combination-vehicle braking (where combination vehicles refers to passenger car-trailer and pickup truck-trailer combination vehicles), (2) to structure a rationale for measuring trailer braking properties, and (3) to formulate a set of guidelines by which tow and trailing vehicles can be properly matched to provide acceptable combination-vehicle braking performance. The report describes analytical and empirical work aimed toward attaining these goals, including parameter sensitivity studies employing digital computer simulation and full-scale track testing of five tow vehicles and five trailers. Parameter measurements of the test trailers were also included.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-262 176.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Highway Safety Research Institute
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States 

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • BERNARD, J E
    • Winkler, C B
    • Campbell, J D
    • Gupta, R K
  • Publication Date: 1976-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00151153
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UM-HSRI-76-24-1, DOT-HS-802-100
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-5-01152
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 30 2002 12:00AM