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Journal Article

Development of a Roll Stability Control Model for a Tractor Trailer Vehicle

2009-04-20
2009-01-0451
Heavy trucks are involved in many accidents every year and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is viewed as a means to help mitigate this problem. ESC systems are designed to reduce the incidence of single vehicle loss of control, which might lead to rollover or jackknife. As the working details and control strategies of commercially available ESC systems are proprietary, a generic model of an ESC system that mimics the basic logical functionality of commercial systems was developed. This paper deals with the study of the working of a commercial ESC system equipped on an actual tractor trailer vehicle. The particular ESC system found on the test vehicle contained both roll stability control (RSC) and yaw stability control (YSC) features. This work focused on the development of a reliable RSC software model, and the integration of it into a full vehicle simulation (TruckSim) of a heavy truck.
Technical Paper

Refinements of a Heavy Truck ABS Model

2007-04-16
2007-01-0839
In 2004, a model of a 6s6m ABS controller was developed in order to support NHTSA's efforts in the study of heavy truck braking performance. This model was developed using Simulink and interfaced with TruckSim, a vehicle dynamics software package, in order to create an accurate braking simulation of a 6×4 Peterbilt straight truck. For this study, the vehicle model braking dynamics were improved and the ABS controller model was refined. Also, the controller was made adaptable to ABS configurations other than 6s6m, such as 4s4m and 4s3m. Controller models were finally validated to experimental data from the Peterbilt truck, gathered at NHTSA's Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC).
Technical Paper

Effects of ABS Controller Parameters on Heavy Truck Model Braking Performance

2006-10-31
2006-01-3482
This paper covers research conducted at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) examining the performance of semitrailer anti-lock braking systems (ABS). For this study, a vehicle dynamics model was constructed for the combination of a 4×2 tractor and a 48-foot trailer, using TruckSim. ABS models for the tractor and trailer, as well as brake dynamics and surface friction models, were created in Simulink so that the effect of varying ABS controller parameters and configurations on semitrailer braking performance could be studied under extreme braking maneuvers. The longitudinal and lateral performances of this tractor-trailer model were examined for a variety of different trailer ABS controller models, including the 2s1m, 4s2m, and 4s4m configurations. Also, alternative controllers of the same configuration were studied by varying the parameters of the 2s1m controller.
Technical Paper

Air Disc and S-Cam Brake Stopping Performance Comparison for Class 8 Tractor and Trailer Combinations

2005-11-01
2005-01-3614
In an effort to reduce the dry stopping distance required for heavy trucks, it is imperative to increase the effectiveness of the foundation brake systems. Where brakes are torque limited, increasing the brake output can be obtained by increasing brake size, chamber size, slack length, and friction of the braking materials. Looking just at the aspect of foundation brakes, the majority of current tractor and trailer brakes are of the S-Cam and Drum type. Two commercially available alternatives that produce higher output are Air Disc brakes and larger sized S-Cam brakes. Using one type, or a combination of these brakes (discs and drums on different axles) warrants a comparative study. The goal is to improve the effectiveness of the brake system, while maintaining or improving upon vehicle stability during braking. NHTSA's Vehicle Research and Test Center recently completed a brake test study of the effectiveness and stability characteristics of tractor and trailer combinations.
Technical Paper

Comparison of Heavy Truck Foundation Brake Performance Measured with an Inertia Brake Dynamometer and Analyses of Brake Output Responses to Dynamic Pressure Inputs

2005-11-01
2005-01-3611
In support of NHTSA's studies of heavy truck brake types and their effects on vehicle stopping performance and stability, the NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) has evaluated four foundation brake types on their Greening Brake Dynamometer. Several sample assemblies of each type of brake were tested to better understand variability. Braking tests were run under the “Laboratory Test Procedure for FMVSS 121D Air Brake Systems - Dynamometer” (TP- 121D-01) procedures. Afterward, the test scope was expanded to include higher speeds and higher severity conditions than those specified Test Procedure. This paper reports on the differences in braking effectiveness between two traditional S-Cam air brake types and two recently introduced Air Disc brake types. Burnish procedure trends are briefly discussed and compared. Responses of the pneumatic brakes to both constant-pressure and dynamic inputs are also compared and discussed.
Technical Paper

Comparison of ABS Configurations and Their Effects on Stopping Performance and Stability for a Class 8 Straight-Truck

2005-11-01
2005-01-3610
Direct vehicle performance comparisons were made between a full 6s/6m and a simpler 4s/4m system, as applied to a 6x4 Class 8 straight truck having a walking-beam rear suspension design. The 4s/4m system was run in both intermediate-axle control and trailing axle-control configurations. The systems were compared with modern air-disc brakes on the vehicle The systems were compared at LLVW (unladen) and GVWR (fully loaded) for high speed stopping performance and stability on a high-μ surface and a wetted split-μ surface, as well as Brake-in-Curve stability on a wetted low-μ 500-ft radius turn. In this paper, stopping distances are statistically compared to quantify effects of the various ABS control strategies on dry and wet stopping efficiency. In addition, newer techniques of using wheel-slip histograms generated from in-stop data are used to compare more detailed system behavior and predict their effects on vehicle stability under braking.
Technical Paper

Braking of Commercial Vehicles Equipped with Air-Disc Brakes from High Speed - Effects on Stopping Distance

2005-04-11
2005-01-0397
Due to increased speed limits at the state level, NHTSA has pursued additional testing of heavy trucks at higher test maneuver entry speeds. Test results from three vehicles, a Class 7 school bus, a Class 8 truck tractor and a Class 8 straight-truck are presented here. Results are discussed for full treadle straight-ahead stops from 60, 70 and 75 mph. Each vehicle was tested with two different brake configurations. As expected, higher entry speeds resulted in increased stopping distances. Causes for increased stopping distances are briefly discussed. Comparisons show that vehicles in the hybrid configuration (air-disc brakes on steer axle and S-cam brakes on drive axle(s)) had superior stopping performance to the vehicles equipped with traditional S-cam brakes. The vehicles in the hybrid configuration were less susceptible to increased stopping distances from higher entry speeds.
Technical Paper

The Development of a Heavy Truck ABS Model

2005-04-11
2005-01-0413
This paper discusses the improvement of a heavy truck anti-lock brake system (ABS) model currently used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in conjunction with multibody vehicle dynamics software. Accurate modeling of this complex system is paramount in predicting real-world dynamics, and significant improvements in model accuracy are now possible due to recent access to ABS system data during on-track experimental testing. This paper focuses on improving an existing ABS model to accurately simulate braking under limit braking maneuvers on high and low-coefficient surfaces. To accomplish this, an ABS controller model with slip ratio and wheel acceleration thresholds was developed to handle these scenarios. The model was verified through testing of a Class VIII 6×4 straight truck. The Simulink brake system and ABS model both run simultaneously with TruckSim, with the initialization and results being acquired through Matlab.
Technical Paper

The Effects of Foundation Brake Configuration on Class-8 Tractor Dry Stopping Performance

2004-10-26
2004-01-2701
This paper discusses dry stopping performance comparisons of various foundation brake systems on Class-8 truck tractors (having a GVWR greater than 33,000 lbs.). For these studies, four configurations of foundation brakes were fitted to two modern 6x4 conventional truck tractors without modification to the control, application, or ABS systems. Foundation brakes compared include standard S-cam drum brakes on all six positions, high-output S-cam drum and then air disc brakes on the steer axles, and air disc brakes on all six brake positions. Discussions include analyses of stopping distance from 60 mph (96.6 kph) for all test conditions. The truck tractors were tested in two weight configurations, LLVW (i.e., bobtail) and GVWR (50,000 lbs. total axle weight, using an unbraked control semitrailer).
Technical Paper

The Effects of Foundation Brake Configuration on Class-8 Tractor Wet Stopping Performance and Stability

2004-10-26
2004-01-2702
This paper discusses wet stopping performance and stability comparisons of various foundation brake systems on Class-8 truck tractors (having a GVWR greater than 33,000 lbs.). For these studies, four configurations of foundation brakes were fitted to two modern 6×4 conventional truck tractors without modification to the control, application, or ABS systems. The foundation brakes compared include standard S-cam drum brakes on all six positions, two hybrid configurations (high-output S-cam drum and then air disc brakes on the steer axles), and air disc brakes on all six brake positions. The truck tractors were tested in two weight configurations, LLVW and GVWR using an unbraked control semitrailer. Analytical analyses of wet brake-in-curve testing indicate that the hybrid brake systems (employing higher-torque brakes on the steer axle only) might degrade brake-incurve performance. This disadvantage appeared to exist for both load conditions.
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