1989-02-01

A New System for Independently Controlling Braking Force Between Inner and Outer Rear Wheels 890835

This paper presents a new system for controlling the braking force between the inner and outer wheels in a turn independently. Vehicle cornering performance has improved noticeably in recent years thanks to advances achieved in tire and suspension technology. Due to this improvement, vehicle handling characteristics during braking have taken on added importance. To achieve stabler handling properties during braking in a turn, a new evaluation method is being used at Nissan to analyze vehicle directional stability. The analytical results show that decreasing the yaw moment before wheel locking occurs is effective in achieving stabler handling. An effective approach to decreasing the yaw moment is to control the braking force between the inner and outer wheels independently. Base on these analytical results and experimental data obtained with actual vehicles, a new system has been developed that provides such independent control over the braking force. This simple system is installed in the new Nissan Maxima.

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