The innovative idea is to use weight sensors embedded in a truck axle, one at each end, to measure the loading on each wheel. Using the information from the sensor outputs the degree of stability of the moving vehicle can be assessed. This stability can be measured in terms of load transfer from wheel to wheel at opposite ends of the same axle. The output from the two sensors can be compared electronically to give one voltage signal representing the instability and 'roll potential' of the vehicle. Also, as the load transfer that occurs during the journey can be constantly monitored in this way, it can provide a direct measurement of the instability/roll potential of the vehicle, and it could give an ideal electronic signal to provide automatic adjustments to the vehicle, of which speed control is likely to be most effective. Speed control and suspension adjustments are to be researched in this project to achieve control over stability and roll occurrence.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
1181 LD Amstelveen