Computer-Based Analysis of the Dynamic Performance of Log Hauling Trucks
A yaw/roll simulation model is developed to assess the dynamic performance of 5, 6, 7, and 8-axle logging truck configurations in this paper. Results predicted by the yaw/roll models for a 5-axle tractor/pole trailer (with outriggers) and a 6-axle tractor/jeep/pole trailer (with outriggers) are compared with those measured in field tests for purposes of model validation. Good agreement between the simulations and measurements has been obtained. Certain performance measures for the tested tractor/pole trailer and tractor/jeep/pole trailer, such as Rearward Amplification Ratio, Load Transfer Ratio, Transient High-speed Offtracking, Understeer Coefficient, Static Rollover Threshold, and Low-speed Friction Demand, are examined by using the yaw/roll models.