Browse Publications Technical Papers 2005-26-065

Vehicle Dynamics - Continuous Improvements in Vehicle Safety from ABS to Electronic Stability Control 2005-26-065

The continuous improvements in brake technology over the last 20 years for commercial vehicles have shown tremendous results in vehicle safety.
The pneumatic braking system has been changed from a system just stopping a vehicle to a system, which controls the total vehicle behavior.
Modern braking systems have access to the engine, gearbox and retarder. For vehicle dynamic control in critical driving situation this integration process is a further step of safety improvements for commercial vehicles.
The paper will describe the evolution process on brake technology from basic requirements of a braking system and the extensions to a system with additional safety features like ABS, ATC and ESC.
The paper explains the vehicle dynamics of tractor/trailer combination and the impact of brake control on stability.


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