Accession Number : ADA187632

Title :   On the Maneuvering of Vehicles,

Corporate Author : MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK

Personal Author(s) : Alexander, James C ; Maddocks, J H

PDF Url : ADA187632

Report Date : Jan 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Equations are derived to govern the motion of vehicles which move on rolling wheels. A relation between the centers of curvature of the trajectories of the wheels and the center of rotation of the vehicle is established. From this relation the general kinematic laws of motion are derived. Applications to questions of offtracking (the difference between the trajectories of the front and back wheels of the vehicle) and optimal steering (how to steer around a tight corner) are considered. Keywords. Euler-Savary formulae, Offtracking, Optimal steering.

Descriptors :   *GROUND VEHICLES, *TRUCKS, *ROAD TESTS, WHEELS, EQUATIONS, MOTION, ROLL, TIGHTNESS, CURVATURE, MANEUVERABILITY, VEHICLES, OPTIMIZATION, STEERING, TRAJECTORIES

Subject Categories : Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE