Electrically Powered Hydraulic Steering On Medium Duty Trucks 2010-01-1886
Electrically Powered Hydraulic Steering (EPHS) has provided value in passenger car applications by reducing power consumption at engine idle, providing only the required power during high speed lane-keeping, and allowing engine-off operation of vehicles with alternative power sources. This work discusses the design modifications made to use EPHS for medium duty commercial vehicle applications. Configuration options along with communication and diagnostic interface are discussed. Bench tests show the steady-state performance of the system. Experiments are done on a medium duty truck with the EPHS as the sole source of steering power to determine the speed of steer at various vehicle speeds. Finally, the power consumption for the EPHS system is compared to a conventional engine driven pump.