Tracking ability of an MCV on a rural road

Lennie, Sandra C., Bunker, Jonathan M., & Troutbeck, Rodney J. (2004) Tracking ability of an MCV on a rural road. Road and Transport Research: a journal of Australian and New Zealand research and practice, 13(2), pp. 63-75.

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Multi-combination vehicles (MCVs) are road freight vehicles comprising of a prime mover and 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 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: 226
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: Tracking Ability, Lane Width, Roughness, Multi, Combination Vehicles
ISSN: 1037-5783
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 2004 ARRB
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:31

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