TEHORETICAL EVALUATION OF THE RELATIVE BRAKING PERFORMANCE, STABILITY AND HITCH POINT FORCES OF ARTICULATED VEHICLES

An investigation of six typical articulated vehicle configurations was conducted in order to define their basic stability, handling and hitch point forces. Six maneuvers performed under various road and influencing conditions, with and without antilock brake control, to determine these qualities and how they were affected by increased sizes and weights. The safety qualities of interest were vehicle dynamic stability and forces transmitted at the coupling points between vehicles. Scaling techniques and computer simulations were used in the analyses. A standard truck tractor with a 40 ft semitrailer was used as a baseline for comparison with all other configurations. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for the Western Highway Institute.
  • Corporate Authors:

    IIT Research Institute

    Engineering Mechanics Division, 10 West 35th Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60616
  • Authors:
    • Eshleman, R L
    • Walgrave, S C
    • Ebey, G C
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 172 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00182541
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: II TRI Project J8200Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: P.O. No 10049
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM