HANDLING TEST PROCEDURES FOR PASSENGER CARS PULLING TRAILERS. VOLUME I - SUMMARY REPORT

The report summarizes the development and validation of handling test procedures for car/trailer (articulated) vehicle combinations. Some 20 different limit and sub-limit maneuvers are investigated. Four pragmatic test procedures are selected and defined which enable discrimination of handling characteristics on the basis of quantitative performance parameters. The test maneuvers (step steer, pulse steer, brake-in-straight-line, and brake-in-turn) are representative of realistic sub-limit and emergency driving situations. The maneuvers and performance parameters are demonstrated to be applicable to a broad range of car/trailer combinations and hitch loading configuration; pertinent to both transient and steady-state dynamic properties, reasonable in cost, and practicable and applicable in diverse geographical regions of the United States or foreign countries. Tentative criteria for safe versus unsafe performance are suggested.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB-256 072.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Systems Technology, Incorporated

    13766 South Hawthorne Boulevard
    Hawthorne, CA  USA  90250

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Johnston, D E
    • Zellner, J W
    • Ashkenas, I L
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00143196
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: STI-TR-1052-1-Vol-1 Final Rpt., DOT-HS-801-935
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00900
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM