THEORETICAL EVALUATION OF THE RELATIVE BRAKING PERFORMANCE, STABILITY AND HITCH POINT FORCES OF ARTICULATED VEHICLES. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

An investigation of six typical articulated vehicle configurations was conducted in order to define their basic stability and handling and determine the hitch point forces. Six maneuvers were 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 feet semi-trailer was used as a baseline for comparison with all other configurations. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was sponsored by Western Highway Institute, Budd Company and ATA Foundation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    IIT Research Institute

    Engineering Mechanics Division, 10 West 35th Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60616
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183200
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1978 12:00AM