ANALYTICAL MODEL TO DETERMINE THE INFLUENCE OF HORIZONTAL ALIGNMENT OF TWO-AXLE HEAVY VEHICLES ON UPGRADES

Existing design policies determine the speed variation of vehicles on upgrades solely as a function of specific values: initial speed, grade, and weight-to-power ratio. This paper establishes a dynamic model that considers in addition the influence of the roadway's horizontal alignment. The model was validated on both tangents and curves. The model output was examined on a roadway alignment. It was found that sharp horizontal curves influence the speed of heavy vehicles significantly on mild upgrades. Therefore, the conventional speed profile determination has to be supplemented by incorporating the horizontal alignment as well. The proposed model can be used to provide solutions in a more efficient and realistic way than does the current practice.

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  • Accession Number: 00964660
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2003 12:00AM