Tracking Ability of an MCV on a Rural Road

Lennie, Sandra C., Bunker, Jonathan M., & Troutbeck, Rodney J. (2003) Tracking Ability of an MCV on a Rural Road. In 25th Conference of Australian Institute of Transport Research, 3-5th December 2003, University of South Australia, Adelaide.


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Multi-combination vehicles (MCVs) are road freight vehicles comprising a prime mover towing two or more trailers. At each articulation point, movements occur due to the driver, vehicle, road and environment such as driver steering, vehicle length, road roughness and side wind loading, respectively. These lateral displacements dictate the lane width required for vehicles using the road and, if ignored or predicted inaccurately, can affect the cost or safety of the road. Previous research (Prem et al., 1999) estimated the lane width requirements for several MCVs on two routes with average roughness.

In this current study, a full scale testing programme was undertaken on a rough road to measure the lateral displacement of the rear trailer of a B-Double on a nominally straight path. Video footage was recorded during the tests from a camera on the top of the prime mover which was aimed at target boards at the rear of the vehicle. Lateral movements of the trailers were extracted from the video data – these were relative to a moving frame of reference, namely the prime mover which was subject to driver steering inputs. Corrections were made for the relative angle between the prime mover and the trailers, which was found to vary with the applied steering angle. These corrections were found to result in an increased estimate of the lateral displacement and hence the lane width required.

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ID Code: 174
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Tracking Ability, Lane Width, Roughness, Multi, Combination Vehicles
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:21

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