TESTING THE MICHIGAN DOUBLE-BOTTOM TANKER

A full-scale vehicle testing program which emphasizes experimental determination of the rollover stability of double-bottom tanker configurations is discussed. The testing program is presented in the context of the total research program which included yaw plane and roll plane analytical studies. The baseline Michigan double-bottom tanker is found to have exceptionally low rollover stability in emergency evasive maneuvers. Vehicle modifications are described which improve stability by a factor of two. Test vehicle loading, anti-rollover outriggers, instrumentation, and modification hardware are discussed specifically. Results of dynamic handling tests and low-speed maneuverability tests are presented. Conclusions are reached regarding the stability of individual vehicle configurations as well as overall fleet safety.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Preprint from the 11-14 December 1978 Meeting.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  USA  15096
  • Authors:
    • Winkler, C B
    • NISONGER, R L
    • Ervin, R D
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195339
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 781066
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM