An automated design synthesis method for multi-trailer articulated heavy vehicles
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2013

This paper presents an automated design synthesis method for multi-trailer articulated heavy vehicles (MTAHVs) to coordinate the trade-off between the manoeuvrability and stability. Conventionally, the design synthesis of MTAHVs is based on trial and error approaches. This is difficult, time-consuming and tedious. To tackle this problem, a design method is proposed. The method has the following features: 1) vehicle modelling, performance evaluation, and design selection are implemented by computers; 2) a MTAHV model is introduced in the design optimisation; 3) in the closed-loop simulation, testing manoeuvres are emulated such that a driver model 'drives' the virtual MTAHV to follow a predefined trajectory. To test the method, the combination of a tractor and two semitrailers are optimised. It is indicated that the conflicting criteria of manoeuvrability and stability can be simultaneously improved. The approach may identify desired design variables and predict performance envelopes in early design stages of MTAHVs.

design selection

automated design synthesis

MTAHVs

lateral stability

manoeuvrability

tractor semitrailers

vehicle modelling

performance evaluation

design optimisation

simulation based design

multi-trailer articulated vehicles

vehicle performance.

heavy vehicles

Författare

Yuping He

Dhruv Oberoi

International Journal of Vehicle Performance

1745-3208 (eISSN)

Vol. 1 2 183 - 204

Ämneskategorier

Maskinteknik

Farkostteknik

Styrkeområden

Transport

Infrastruktur

C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering)

Drivkrafter

Innovation och entreprenörskap

DOI

10.1504/IJVP.2013.058280