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International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems (97 papers in press)


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  • Dynamic modelling and design of tracked vehicle suspension system using magnetorheological valve
    by Sung Hoon Ha, Min-Sang Seong, Juncheol Jeon, Seung-Bok Choi 
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  • Real-time estimation of pneumatic tyre hysteresis loss   Order a copy of this article
    by Haytham El-Zomor 
    Abstract: There are many types of loss that can be considered during vehicle motion. The rolling resistance of the pneumatic tyres plays an important role in the fuel consumption and the overall energy efficiency for on/off road vehicles. An experimental test-rig for a single tyre was constructed and built especially for this current work. Experimental investigation of radial and bias-ply tyre loading/unloading characteristics and contact area to estimate the hysteresis loss during vehicle motion has been carried out at different operating conditions. Accordingly, an empirical formula has been concluded to estimate the hysteresis loss function of tyre construction, inflation pressure, and the deformed volume. The proposed hysteresis loss equation accuracy lies within an average error of 10.6%. This equation is appropriate for a real-time vehicle system by adding tyre inflation pressure sensor and vertical deflection sensor.
    Keywords: tyre dynamics; rolling resistance; tyre hysteresis loss; tyre deflection; tyre deformed volume; tyre contact area.

  • Appraisal of numerical-based finite element method to synthesise the wheel-obstacle collision dynamics using a single-wheel tester   Order a copy of this article
    by Chongfeng Wei, Hamid Taghavifar, Aref Mardani 
    Abstract: As a very substantial aspect of vehicle dynamics and vibrational controlling, it is essential to ascertain the role of tyre-obstacle collision kinetics. Ride comfort assessments are pivotal in predicting the non-linear deformation, particularly when traversing large road obstacles. The present study focused on the assessment of a tyre travelling over obstacles at different heights using a well-equipped soil bin facility and a single-wheel tester. The vertically and longitudinally oriented load cells were used to measure the vertical and longitudinal force variations with the frequency of 30 Hz. Additionally, a FE tyre model was developed specifically for this purpose using explicit integration in ABAQUSTM. It was found that with the increase of height of road obstacle, the resonant amplitude of spindle force response as well as the tyre deformation becomes greater in both longitudinal and vertical directions. Furthermore, at greater load, the tyre overriding obstacle impact force increases significantly. It was revealed that the new proposed model can serve as a functional alternative to classical modelling tools for the prediction of nonlinear wheel dynamics.
    Keywords: road obstacle; FE tyre model; single-wheel tester; vehicle dynamics.

  • A study on design methods for condenser radiator fan module mounting system   Order a copy of this article
    by Xiao-Ang Liu 
    Abstract: The design requirements of the automotive condenser radiator fan module (CRFM) mounting system are proposed. A six Degrees of Freedom (DOFs)CRFM model is established. Calculation methods for determining the root mean square value of the mount reaction force in a CRFM mounting system under cooling fan excitation is developed. Design and calculation methods for displacement control of the CRFM under extreme load are discussed. Robustness analysis is presented through a design of experiment method. Atthe end of this paper, a calculation example is proposed to get the mount stiffness and tuning point based on the design requirements for mount reaction forces and CRFM C.G. displacement. The effects of mount stiffness at linear section on natural frequencies and energy distributions of the CRFM and on RMS value of mount reaction forces are validated by a generic example.
    Keywords: condenser radiator fan module mounting system; design requirements; robustness analysis; calculation method.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2017.10012636
  • Design of a truck cab torsion bar   Order a copy of this article
    by Luigi Solazzi 
    Abstract: This work describes the study developed and the design of a specific component called torsion bar, installed on commercial vehicles for the cab suspension, to both increase driver comfort and allow the cab to be rotated for maintenance work on the engine. Currently, the component is made from conventional structural steel: the central element is a single unit of considerable size, a significant factor especially in terms of the space required during shipping. The aim of this research is to design a structure using materials with greatly superior mechanical performance in order to reduce its weight and incorporate a number of design features to make it easier to ship, reducing its overall size and thus the costs involved. The solution developed achieves this aim, with a 25% weight reduction and easy dismantling and shipping. The technical features designed into the solution have reduced the sensitivity of the assembly procedure to operator-related variability.
    Keywords: finite element method; cab suspension; torsion bar; truck; high-strength steels.

  • Including deformation in a model for engine block dynamics: measurement and prediction of vibration   Order a copy of this article
    by Pär Mikaelsson, Tommy Andersson, Mårten Olsson 
    Abstract: Internal combustion engines are sources of vibration in many applications. Engine mounted components need to be designed with respect to fatigue, to withstand these vibrations. In order to compute an estimate of the fatigue life of a component, the vibration load needs to be known. A methodology that is based on a seven degrees of freedom model to represent the engine block is proposed. By fitting measured accelerometer data to this model, acceleration levels in arbitrary positions and directions, related to the engine block, may be computed. Results presented for an engine vibration measurement show good agreement between measured and computed vibration levels. A measure to find erroneous accelerometer definitions is also proposed and exemplified through measurement results. The method also enables pointing out local dynamic phenomena at measurement points.
    Keywords: engine; engine block vibrations; engine block twist; rigid body vibrations; vibration measurement; vibration estimation;.

  • Non-linear control of vehicles rollover using sliding mode controller for new eight degrees of freedom suspension model   Order a copy of this article
    by Amir Hossein Kazemian, Majid Fooladi, Hossein Darijani 
    Abstract: The stability control system is a part of active safety systems in vehicles, which is designed to control the vehicles dynamic motion in emergency manoeuvres. In the present study, modelling and simulation of a four degrees of freedom passive suspension system (4DOFs) initially has been considered and then, in order to improve the efficiency of controlling system, a new suspension system is designed with 8DOFs by adding masses to sprung and unsprung parts of suspension system and using hybrid semi-active damper. To investigate the effect of DOF on the controller performance, a sliding mode controller (SMC) for models with 8DOFs is designed in Matlab and controller performances are studied. Also, numerical results from a typical vehicle that is simulated in Carsim are the input for the Matlab simulation. Investigations show that increasing degrees of freedom accompanied by applying a hybrid semi-active damper leads to better stability and good handling characteristics of vehicle.
    Keywords: semi-active hybrid system; good handling; sliding mode control; stability control; suspension system; rollover; Lyapunov theory.

  • Experimental comparison of control methods for armoured personnel carriers with semiactive magneto-rheological suspension   Order a copy of this article
    by Sabri Saltık, Zafer Dülger 
    Abstract: In this study, the control methods of a semiactive MR (Magneto-Rheological) suspension system for an armoured military vehicle are compared. System modelling and testing procedures are described, and then control algorithms are tested and observed on a quarter-car test setup; this setup is modified from a passive to a semiactive system. For tests and simulations, a special offroad profile is formed. This profile is formed depending on the standard military test courses and terrains. During the observation, control ability and personel comfort are observed as the main subjects. Finally, depending on the test results, displacements, accelerations and their effects on subsystems are compared and construed as advantages and disadvantages.
    Keywords: magneto-rheological; semiactive; armoured vehicle; hybrid control; clipped control.

  • Acoustical system modelling of the heavy truck air intake system   Order a copy of this article
    by Özgün Yakar, Haluk Erol 
    Abstract: In this paper, a statistical energy analysis method is applied to the heavy truck air intake system to predict the intake orifice noise, as well as the radiated noise. Because very few numbers of modes exist below 500 Hz for the intake system subjected to the analysis, the noise contribution of the system below 500 Hz has been considered. Below that frequency band, results have lower confidence levels because of the methods statistical characteristics. Radiated noise analysis has been performed to predict the noise radiation from the air intake system part surfaces. With this method, radiated noise directivity from the air intake system part surfaces can also be predicted. This information provides an idea of noise reduction. The effect of the material on the radiated noise has been studied. At higher frequencies, the confidence level regarding the dynamic response becomes higher, such that it leads us to predict high frequency problems.
    Keywords: acoustical system modelling; heavy truck; air intake system.

  • Optimal design of passive suspension system of a 6   Order a copy of this article
    by Mahmoud Mohsen, Hisham Kamel, Alhossein Mostafa Sharaf, Samir Mohamed El-Demerdash 
    Abstract: This paper presents the optimal design of passive suspension system of a 6
    Keywords: vehicle dynamics; ride comfort; genetic algorithm; suspension optimisation.

  • Dynamic characteristics of passive and semi-active cabin mounts for vibration control of a wheel loader   Order a copy of this article
    by Seung-Bok Choi, Soon-Yong Yang, Chulhee Han, Chul-Soo Shin, Jin-Young Jung, Sung-Jae Kim, In-Dong Kim 
    Abstract: In this study, the dynamic characteristics of passive mounts and a semi-active magneto-rheological (MR) mount for vibration attenuation of a wheel loader cabin are evaluated. First, the design procedures of the two different passive mounts are described, and the principal design parameters such as stiffness are determined from a simple but practically feasible dynamic model. Then, passive mounts with different material characteristics are manufactured and experimentally tested. Second, a semi-active MR mount is designed based on the field-dependent yield stress of the MR fluid. A prototype of the MR mount is then manufactured considering two flow paths an annular and a radial path. Finally, the dynamic characteristics of the three mounts such as the frequency-dependent stiffness and damping are evaluated, and their salient properties are discussed. In addition, it is shown through the transmissibility investigation that the semi-active cabin mount can effectively provide vibration isolation for a broad range of frequencies.
    Keywords: magneto-rheological fluid; MR mount; heavy wheel loader; cabin mount; viscous mount; cabsus mount.

  • Evaluation criteria of wheel/rail interaction measurement results by track-side control equipment   Order a copy of this article
    by Gintautas Bureika, Mikhail Levinzon, Stasys Dailydka, Stasys Steisunas, Rasa Zygiene 
    Abstract: Recently, the condition of wheelsets of running trains is controlled by trackside automated control equipment (TACE), which measures parameters of wheel/rail impact and signals possible damage to the wheels. Vertical forces result from wheel/rail interaction and determine all dynamic loads transferred to elements of both structures. Calculation of strength and lifetime of train running gear and roadbed of rail track should be based on values of these interaction forces. Railway companies using TACE face the major problems low reliability of TACE-measured impact force values and low repeatability of TACE readings. These problems occur because wheel/rail interaction is a completely stochastic phenomenon. The present level of technology does not allow developing a reliable system for measuring these vertical forces during operation, and it is necessary to control the indirect indicators by defining the studied interaction of wheels. One of these indicators is irregularity of the wheel running surface, whose magnitude is regulated and measured in train inspection stations. This paper evaluates a derived criterion the dynamic factor Kd, used for estimation of repeatability (reliability) of TACE readings - for Lithuanian Railways, and proposes a new system of criteria ensuring sufficient reliability of rail vehicle wheel damage measurement data.
    Keywords: rail vehicle; wheel flat; wheel/rail interaction; wheel load impact detector; data repeatable; data reliability.

  • On robust controllers for active steering systems of articulated heavy vehicles   Order a copy of this article
    by Shenjin Zhu, Yuping He, Jing Ren 
    Abstract: This paper examines the robustness of different controllers for active steering systems (ASSs) of articulated heavy vehicles (AHVs) in terms of the directional performance. Controllers based on the linear quadratic regulator (LQR) technique were designed for ASSs. The success of the LQR-based controllers is dependent on the accuracy of linear models for AHVs. When designing ASS controllers, linearisation of the AHV models is usually necessary; this results in model inaccuracy and un-modelled dynamics, and the robustness of the LQR-based controllers may be degraded. ASSs for AHVs are assessed in the time-domain, which may lead to an incomplete performance evaluation. This paper assesses the robustness of the ASS controllers designed with the techniques of sliding mode control (SMC), nonlinear sliding mode control (NSMC), and mu-synthesis (MS). The ASS controllers are evaluated using numerical simulation in terms of the trade-off between the manoeuvrability and the lateral stability at high speeds.
    Keywords: AHVs: articulated heavy vehicles; ASSs: active steering systems; SMC: sliding mode control; NSMC: nonlinear sliding mode control; MS: mu-synthesis; GA: genetic algorithm; robustness index.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2018.10005640
  • Firing-on-the-move stability system for armoured vehicle: design and optimisation of disturbance rejection control to reject recoil force   Order a copy of this article
    by Vimal Rau Aparow, Khisbullah Hudha, Zulkiffli Abd Kadir, Noor Hafizah Amer, Muhamad Murrad 
    Abstract: Recoil force creates unwanted yaw moment at the centre of gravity of armoured vehicles. This moment causes instability and diverts the armoured vehicle from its intended direction after firing. This research is focused in developing an active disturbance rejection control to overcome the effect of recoil force using inner and outer loop controls. The outer loop control is designed based on two feedback loops known as firing-on-the-move as the first feedback loop and active front wheel steering as the second feedback loop. The outer loops are designed to encounter the disturbance due to gun force and to improve the stability of the vehicle. An optimisation technique using the Taguchi method and a genetic algorithm are used to identify the most dominant outer loop control as well as to optimise the hybrid controller parameters, neuro-PI. The simulation results show that controller has improved the handling performance of the armoured vehicle after the firing impact.
    Keywords: firing-on-the-move feedback; active front wheel steering feedback; armoured vehicle; genetic algorithm; Taguchi method; neuro-PI controller.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2018.10005641
  • Hardware-in-the-loop simulation of trajectory-following control for a light armoured vehicle optimised with particle swarm optimisation   Order a copy of this article
    by Noor Hafizah Amer, Khisbullah Hudha, Hairi Zamzuri, Vimal Rau Aparow, Zulkiffli Abd Kadir 
    Abstract: Unmanned armoured vehicles are important in military missions and to minimise the casualties of military personnel. Steering control is one of the most important aspects in unmanned vehicles. Therefore, in this research, a trajectory following control from Stanley autonomous vehicle is employed and optimised for a Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) to follow a pre-defined trajectory. The proposed controller is developed on a validated armoured vehicle model, which consists of a 7-degree-of-freedom handling model and other vehicle interactions. In order to study the controller
    Keywords: armoured vehicle; trajectory tracking; trajectory following; path tracking; path following; HIL; Stanley.

  • Relative ride performance analysis of a torsio-elastic suspension applied to front, rear and both axles of an off-road vehicle   Order a copy of this article
    by Mu Chai, Subhash Rakheja, Wen-Bin Shangguan 
    Abstract: Relative ride performance potentials of a torsio-elastic suspension applied to front or rear or both axles of an off-road vehicle are investigated. A three-dimensional model of an articulated load-haul vehicle, incorporating kineto-dynamic model of a torsio-elastic suspension, is used to evaluate relative ride responses with front, rear and both suspended axles. The analyses are performed under random terrain excitations, synthesised considering low frequency coherence between elevations of the two terrain tracks. The model validity is demonstrated using the reported field-measured responses of a rear-suspended forestry vehicle. The optimal parameters of the three suspension configurations are identified by minimizing the vector sum of frequency-weighted rms accelerations av and frequency-weighted rotational vibration, while limiting roll deflection of the suspension link. Relative ride performance potentials of different axle suspensions are subsequently investigated for the loaded and unloaded vehicle in terms of frequency-weighted rms accelerations. The results show that the torsio-elastic suspension performance is relatively insensitive to variations in vehicle load. It is shown that the suspension applied to axle of the vehicle unit supporting driver cabin is more effective in limiting driver vibration with minimal sensitivity to load variations, while preserving effective roll stiffness. The fully-suspended vehicle, however, yields the most effective vibration attenuation.
    Keywords: off-road vehicle ride; off-road terrain; torsio-elastic suspension; load sensitivity; suspension optimisation.

  • Economic life cycle of a fleet bus: a case study   Order a copy of this article
    by Hugo Raposo, Jose Torres Farinha, Luis Ferreira, Filipe Didelet 
    Abstract: The purpose of the paper is to discuss the application of econometric models to Life Cycle Cost (LCC) of an urban fleet bus with emphasis on the maintenance costs. To strengthen the foregoing analysis, the precedent results are compared with theoretical data that represents a good maintenance and functioning management. It is also observed the importance and interest of inflation ratios, as well as the price of fuel, since they can change dramatically the time of withdrawal of urban passenger buses. The paper analyses if there is a variation at the time of the vehicle replacement, obtained from several methods namely the methods of income annual uniform and minimisation of average total cost with reduction to the present value. It also points to an eventual relation between the maintenance policy and the spare fleet. Also, the paper shows the relation between maintenance performance and time replacement of fleet bus. The paper examines some differences between the replacement simulations through theoretical econometric models, when they are applied to real data.
    Keywords: equipment replacement; LCC; spare fleet; planned maintenance.

  • Estimation of vehicle sideslip angle scheme using time-finite convergence algorithm   Order a copy of this article
    by Peng Zhang, Feng Liu, Fei Sheng 
    Abstract: Since vehicle sideslip angle estimation scheme is a real-time application, in essence, the schemes convergence speed is an issue worth attention. This paper presents a new estimator scheme whose output is theoretically guaranteed to converge to real values in the desired interval, and this makes it possible to be a more reasonable solution for application such as electronic stabilisation control (ESC). To improve the accuracy and adaptive capability of this scheme, the unmodelled error compensating mechanism is adopted. Then experiment results based on veDYNA vehicle dynamic simulation environment validate the applicability of the method.
    Keywords: vehicle sideslip angle; estimation; time-finite convergence.

  • Ride comfort performance of a nonlinear full-car using active suspension system with active disturbance rejection control and input decoupling transformation.   Order a copy of this article
    by Faried Hasbullah, Waleed F. Faris, Fadly Jashi Darsivan, Mohammed Abdelrahman 
    Abstract: In this article, Active Disturbance Rejection Control (ADRC) and a control method combining ADRC with Input Decoupling Transformation (ADRC-IDT) are proposed to improve ride comfort of a nonlinear full-car with active suspension system. Simulation of the model in frequency domain as well as time domain with three types of road profile speed hump, double bumps and random excitation, as the disturbance to the system is performed to evaluate the performance of the proposed ADRC-IDT in comparison with ADRC and the passive system. Through experimental simulation studies, the ability of the proposed controllers to cope with varying process is investigated. Results show that ADRC-IDT was able to produce comparable performance to a typical ADRC control structure with fewer control parameters.
    Keywords: active suspension; ride comfort; active disturbance rejection control; input decoupling transformation; nonlinear spring; nonlinear damper; full-car; ADRC; ADRC-IDT.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2018.10009737
  • Active vibration control of agriculture tractor suspension using optimised feedback controller   Order a copy of this article
    by Hassan Metered, Ahmed El-sawaf 
    Abstract: Nowadays, the development of an agriculture tractor suspension system is a vital research topic for the modern manufacturing industry. The ride comfort and tractor stability must be achieved using a suitable controlled suspension system. This paper concerns an investigation using the particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm to search for the optimum feedback controller gains for the active agriculture tractor suspension system, for the first time, to reduce the transmitted vibrations to the tractor body caused by road irregularities. A mathematical model and the equations of motion of an active quarter tractor suspension are derived and simulated using Matlab/Simulink software. The proposed PSO algorithm aims to minimise the dynamic tyre load generated by tractorterrain interaction as the objective function, with constraint of the actuator force. Suspension performance is assessed in time and frequency domains to prove the success of the proposed controller gains tuned using the PSO technique under different operating conditions. The simulation results reveal that the feedback controller gains tuned by the proposed PSO algorithm offer a significant improvement of the suspension performance, compared with both the conventional passive and the classical feedback gains tuned by the trial and error technique.
    Keywords: agriculture tractor; particle swarm optimisation; active suspension controller; ride comfort; tractor stability.

  • Hunting stability and derailment analysis of the high speed railway vehicle moving on curved tracks   Order a copy of this article
    by Caglar Uyulan, Metin Gokasan, Seta Bogosyan 
    Abstract: This study aims to build an advanced and effective dynamic model, which is capable of examining both the hunting instability at the critical speed and wheel climb derailment occurrence evaluated with derailment quotients, in one integrated model implicitly. In terms of control subject, the proposed railway vehicle model is compatible with a variable structure model reference adaptive controller using state variables, robust adaptive or sliding mode controller, etc., to stabilise enormously lateral hunting oscillations, which cause system instability, and to perform real-time derailment avoidance. The mathematical dynamic model, which is composed of a vehicle body, two bogie frames and two wheelsets for each bogie frame, is modelled with 35-DOF (degrees of freedom) equations of motion. The railway vehicle is supported with lateral, longitudinal and vertical damping and stiffness related to primary and secondary suspensions. The states of this railway vehicle model are lateral, vertical displacements and velocities of the vehicle body, bogies, wheelsets and yaw, roll, and pitch angles and angular velocities of the vehicle body, bogies, and wheelsets. A heuristic nonlinear creep model supported by Kalkers theory and a flange-rail contact model are used to reveal the effects of the creep forces and moments, which are acting on wheel-rail contact. The nonlinear coupled differential equations of motion were solved to analyse the dynamic behaviour, which is represented by the time response of the railway vehicle moving on curved tracks using Matlab&Simulink software. The hunting behaviour was analysed by investigating the eigenvalues of the railway vehicle at the hunting speed by the assistance of the Gershgorin disc theorem. In addition, the influence of the railway vehicle speed on calculated derailment quotient of the left wheel in the front wheelset of the front bogie was investigated at sharp radius of the curved track. The safe speed of the railway vehicle moving on curved track was also estimated by using active derailment criteria from Nadal and Weinstock. The variation of the derailment coefficients at critical speeds with various radii of curved tracks was also examined by using these derailment criteria. The main superiority of the proposed model is that one can both predict incipient derailment actively and also determine nonlinear critical hunting speeds with higher precision.
    Keywords: hunting analysis; derailment analysis; Lyapunov’s indirect method; full railway vehicle model.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2017.10010391
  • Irregularity model of welded rail joint and wheel   Order a copy of this article
    by Kaiyun Wang 
    Abstract: Due to the irregularity excitation of welded rail joints (WRJs), the dynamic impacting force between the wheel and the rail would be obviously enhanced. According to measured irregularities of WRJs in heavy
    Keywords: welded rail joint; heavy–haul railway; wheel–rail interaction; irregularity; vehicle–track coupled dynamics.

  • Irregularity model of welded rail joint and wheelrail dynamic responses in heavyhaul railway
    by Kaiyun Wang, Zhiyong Shi, Shen Wang 
    Abstract: Plenty of welded rails are applied in the modern railway. Owing to the irregularity excitation of welded rail joints (WRJs), the dynamic impacting force between the wheel and the rail would be obviously enhanced. According to measured irregularities of WRJs in heavyhaul railway, the irregularity model and its wheelrail dynamic responses are investigated in this paper. A modified excitation model is put forward to simulate the irregularity of WRJ. Dynamic interactions excited by the irregularities of WRJs are analysed, including the measured irregularity, the theoretical irregularities obtained from a traditional model and a modified model. Effects of parameters of the modified excitation model on dynamic interaction are discussed. Results show that there is an obvious concave shape located on the weld point nearby, which can bring about the marked wheelrail interaction force within the frequency scope of 20300Hz, and has much effect on the vibration of the wheelsets and rail. The traditional excitation model of WRJ cannot represent the measured shape very well. There is a poor agreement in the wheelrail vertical force between the measured and traditional irregularities of WRJ. The modified excitation model of WRJ is formed by a convex wave and a concave wave, and has four parameters. From the point of view of the geometrical shape, the irregularity simulated by the modified model is highly similar to the measured irregularity. Furthermore, the dynamic performances excited by the modified irregularity are consistent with those owing to the excitation of the measured irregularity. As for the wavelength and depth of the short wave in the modified excitation model of WRJ, there are obvious influences on the wheelrail dynamic performance. With the growth of the depth, the wheelrail dynamic indices will increase linearly. However, they will decrease nonlinearly with the increase of the wavelength.
    Keywords: welded rail joint; heavy–haul railway; wheel–rail interaction; irregularity; vehicle–track coupled dynamics.

  • Dynamic modelling of a railway wheelset based on Kanes method   Order a copy of this article
    by Te Wen Tu 
    Abstract: This study applies Kanes method to generate the equations of motion for a railway wheelset moving on a tangent track at a constant speed. Since the wheel and rail close contact conditions are used to obtain two nonholonomic constraint equations, the lateral vibration of the wheelset can be proven as a nonholonomic system possessing two degrees of freedom. Moreover, using Kanes approach to derive the linearised equations, we can take advantage of bypassing the full nonlinear equations and to obtain two equations with dynamic decoupling. When the set of equations in this work is compared with those in the literature, we find that two gyroscopic effect terms exist and yaw gravitational stiffness disappears, so that the critical speeds calculated in this work are always lower than those in the literature for the same numerical cases. Finally, the contact conditions along with the creepages between wheels and rails can be directly expressed in terms of generalised speeds by using Kanes method. It shows that Kanes method focuses on motions rather than on configurations.
    Keywords: Kane’s method; nonholonomic system; motion constraint; dynamic decoupling; gyroscopic effect.

  • Multi-objective optimisation of injector and diesel engine by genetic algorithm: Nu-SVR modelling   Order a copy of this article
    by Hadi Taghavifar, Simin Anvari 
    Abstract: The current study deals with application of evolutionary multi-objective genetic algorithm (MOGA) in a 1.8 L Ford diesel engine to enhance the power, fuel consumption, and air-fuel uniformity. To do so, four design parameters of engine geometry and injector parameters were defined and three sub-objectives are considered to get either maximised or minimised. On the sub-objectives, constraints are imposed to introduce the feasible solutions. The best solution is obtained at RunID66 from 70 design points. The results showed that increasing bowl radius after a certain point is not useful for enhancement of the mixture homogeneity. The second part of the study, support vector regression technique is applied on the input and output data to make a model to predict the engine power.
    Keywords: diesel engine; diesel injector; Nu-SVR; MOGA; Pareto front.

  • Research on a rollover protective technique for a vibroseis truck based on reliability analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Zhen Chen, Zhiqiang Huang, Dongyang Li, Shuang Jing, Zhifei Tao 
    Abstract: Owing to its environmental friendly performance and high-quality signal stimulation ability, vibroseis has become a key technology in oil and gas exploration. However, rollover accidents occur frequently in the process of vibroseis truck driving, which endangers the drivers and apparatus on the truck. We need to develop a technique for studying a rollover protective method for a vibroseis truck. Therefore, we first study the driving stability of vibroseis trucks to determine the limit state function of stable driving. Then, the stable driving reliability analysis of the vibroseis truck could be performed under complicated road stimulation. The analysis results show that the risk of rollover still exists, so it is necessary to install a rollover protective structure (ROPS) on the vibroseis truck. However, it is still unknown whether the rollover protective structure is able to protect the driver. Therefore, through the research on engineering vehicle safety regulations and standards, we have established a systematic and scientific evaluation index system of safety protection and performance. Then, based on the FEA (Finite Element Analysis) technology, we performed the dynamic simulation analysis of vibroseis truck rollover with and without the rollover protective structure, and the stress to strain, impact deformation, acceleration and energy absorption principles have been determined. The simulation results show that the rollover protective structure could absorb impact energy to continuously resist rollover, which plays a significant role in protecting the vibroseis truck. The research results will not only greatly enhance the security protection performance of the vibroseis truck in field operations, improving the quality and safety of oil and gas exploration, but this innovative method of improving the performance of energy absorption and avoiding continuous rolling will provide scientific and reliable guidance for the similar design of vehicle anti-rollover structure in the field.
    Keywords: vibroseis truck; stable driving reliability; rollover protective structure; safety evaluation; dynamic simulation analysis.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2017.10012341
  • A novel pneumatic-mechanical energy regenerative suspension for air brake trucks   Order a copy of this article
    by Jiang Liu, Xiaowei Li, Ye Zhang, Peng Chen 
    Abstract: A novel energy-regenerative suspension system was proposed to convert the vibration from the road unevenness into the pneumatic potential energy for the trucks air brake. A mathematical model for the new regenerative suspension is given. Using ADAMS and Easy5, pneumatic-mechanism co-simulations are performed. The regenerative ratios are calculated for typical cases and their efficiency factors are discussed. Then the dynamics K&C performances for this new suspension are analysed by comparing with the traditional leaf spring suspension. The results indicate that the new design can recycle the vibration energy efficiently and improve the ride comfort as well.
    Keywords: energy-regenerative suspension; new mathematic model and co-simulations; air brake truck; dynamics K&C.

  • Analysis of longitudinal fluid sloshing in tank wagon   Order a copy of this article
    by Shahin Yousefi, Mahdi Naseri , Majid Shahravi 
    Abstract: In order to study the phenomenology of fluids dynamic performance in containers and assessment of fluids specification in closed containers, the longitudinal fluid sloshing has been studied and the mechanical parameters of sloshing in a horizontal cylindrical container have been extracted through image processing in the test. The test stand has been prepared and three different fluids, water, petrol and oil, have been tested in three filling percentages of 30%, 50% and 80%. The sloshing dominant frequency and the damping ratios of these fluids have been extracted according to experimental test. In the following, fluid sloshing has been simulated by using 2-D equivalent mechanical model, and the parameters of vibration that include mass, spring stiffness and damping coefficient have been calculated using an optimised equivalent mechanical model. Then the results of experimental tests has been compared with optimised equivalent mechanical model results.
    Keywords: longitudinal sloshing; tank wagon sloshing; image processing; damping ratio; sloshing frequency; optimised mechanical model of sloshing; partially filled tanker.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2019.10013867
  • Application of the Taguchi-based entropy-weighted TOPSIS method for optimisation of diesel engine performance and emission parameters   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohd Muqeem, Ahmad Faizan Sherwani, Mukhtar Ahmad, Zahid Akhtar Khan 
    Abstract: Diesel engines convert chemical energy into mechanical energy generally with low efficiency. However, if these engines are operated at optimum levels of input parameters, they can produce power more efficiently with minimum harmful exhaust emissions. The current research work is carried out with an aim to determine these optimum levels of the input parameters. Four input parameters were selected and their optimum combinations were determined using Taguchi-based TOPSIS coupled with entropy weight method. Taguchis L25 orthogonal array was adopted to perform the experiments. All the test runs were carried out in random manner with three replicates of each to improve the accuracy of the experiments. The preference values (relative closeness of the distinct alternative to the positive ideal solution) predicted by the Taguchi method and the values obtained by regression analysis, at optimum input parameter settings, were compared and a good relation was found between them.
    Keywords: brake thermal efficiency; brake specific fuel consumption; exhaust emission; TOPSIS; entropy weight; Taguchi approach.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2017.10011040
  • Introducing wheel-rail adhesion control into longitudinal train dynamics   Order a copy of this article
    by Qing Wu, Maksym Spiryagin, Colin Cole, Yan Sun 
    Abstract: Conventional Longitudinal Train Dynamics (LTD) simulations apply a number of assumptions regarding wheel-rail adhesion, and wheel-rail adhesion control has not previously been considered. This paper introduces locomotive wheel-rail adhesion control into LTD using co-simulation and parallel computing techniques. An in-house LTD simulator was connected to a commercial MBS dynamics simulator using the TCP/IP protocol. A heavy haul train with the configuration of three locomotives and 150 wagons was modelled. The wagons were modelled in the LTD simulator while the locomotives were modelled in the MBS simulator. The locomotive models were three-dimensional models that included wheel-rail contact models and adhesion control models. Simulations of locomotives were processed in parallel using three computer cores. Co-simulations with and without the consideration of curve lubrication were conducted and compared with a conventional LTD simulation. Computing times with and without parallel computing were also compared. The results show that, when compared with conventional LTD simulations, wheel-rail adhesion control generates evident differences for maximum traction forces, average train speeds, maximum in-train forces and force patterns. With three computer cores, parallel computing reduced the computing time by about 46% from about 3.7 hours to about 2.0 hours.
    Keywords: longitudinal train dynamics; wheel-rail contact; adhesion control; traction modelling; parallel computing;co-simulation.

  • Optimal regenerative braking torque of permanent-magnet synchronous motor in electric vehicle   Order a copy of this article
    by Dongmei Wu, Yang Li, Jianwei Zhang, Changqing Du 
    Abstract: This study investigated a method to determine the optimal regenerative braking torque with maximum energy recovery at given speed, which is essential for the regenerative braking control of electric vehicles. The method is based on the loss modelling of a permanent-magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) system, which consists of an electric motor and an inverter. The system-loss model is established based on a PMSM mathematical model including iron loss, and is used to derive the optimal regenerative braking torque symbolic formula. In addition, the parameter sensitivity of the optimal regenerative braking torque is analysed, and a method for online parameter identification is used to obtain the actual parameter values in real time. Thus, the accuracy and adaptability of the optimal regenerative braking torque during the motor-operation process is improved. The analysis results are validated through simulation and bench tests.
    Keywords: regenerative braking torque; permanent-magnet synchronous motor; loss model; parameter sensitivity; electric vehicle.

  • Component sizing optimisation of hybrid electric heavy duty truck using multi-objective genetic algorithm   Order a copy of this article
    by Fereydoon Diba, Ebrahim Esmailzadeh 
    Abstract: Component sizing optimisation of a novel architecture of hybrid drivetrain for line-haul truck has been considered. This drivetrain architecture employs a self-propeller trailer and the traction is shared between the tractor and trailer. The comprehensive model of the vehicle, including the hybrid electric drivetrain, is developed. The drivetrain components have been optimised using a multi-objective genetic algorithm to minimise three objective functions, namely, the acceleration time, the fuel consumption and the drivetrain price. The overall efficiency of the optimised hybrid drivetrain has been evaluated using computer model simulations. Engineering economic analysis is performed to demonstrate the ownership cost of the proposed drivetrain compared with the non-hybrid and the non-optimised hybrid drivetrain for heavy duty vehicles. The results show that the proposed drivetrain has a superior capability in reducing the fuel consumption and the ownership cost.
    Keywords: hybrid electric truck; component sizing; self-propeller trailer; multi-objective optimisation; genetic algorithm.

  • Hydraulic retarder torque control for heavy duty vehicle longitudinal control   Order a copy of this article
    by Chaoxian Wu, Xuexun Guo, Bo Yang, Xiaofei Pei, Sijing Guo 
    Abstract: This paper studies the hydraulic retarder torque control strategies for heavy duty vehicle longitudinal control to reduce abrasion of the friction brake. A hydraulic retarder whose oil volume rate is controlled by a pneumatic system is modelled. A hierarchical controller is developed for longitudinal control. In the upper controller, the target total brake force is calculated and then distributed on the friction brake and the retarder. In the lower controller, two retarder torque control strategies, PID control and mixed PID and sliding mode control, are employed and compared. Simulations are conducted with varying vehicle mass and varying desired vehicle velocity. Results shows that the mixed PID and sliding mode controller has better speed tracking performance, robustness and torque control accuracy.
    Keywords: hydraulic retarder; torque control; longitudinal control; heavy duty vehicle; sliding mode control.

  • CAE analysis and road load data acquisition on bogie bracket of heavy duty commercial vehicle   Order a copy of this article
    by P. Thangapazham, L.A. Kumaraswamidhas, D. Muruganandam, Dharanivendhan T 
    Abstract: The bogie bracket is a unit of the suspension system in automotive vehicles, such as heavy duty automotive commercial trucks, railways and other machinery, to carry shock and load. Bogie brackets are extensively employed in heavy vehicles to connect the chassis and wheels. This part has been identified as one of the most critical components in the suspension system of commercial vehicles. Computer Aided Engineering (CAE-PERMAS Version-14.0) simulation software has been used for stress analysis and to study the forces influencing the failure of bogie bracket due to stress concentration. Stress concentration factor has been found in every zone of the bracket and the weaker sections have been identified in three iterations. Two different road conditions were taken for the critical analysis: a) Rough Road (RR) condition; b) Mining Road (MR) condition. Road Load Data Acquisition (RLDA) tests were conducted to validate the CAE analysis. Six pairs of bogie brackets were tested on different road test tracks in RR and MR conditions. Maximum strain was measured through a strain gauge attachment. The maximum stress and strain induced in the brackets were observed in all tests. Hair crack failure in the bracket was detected at the weaker section. The eventual sudden crack failure of the bracket took place during the cobble-stone track test in RLDA. The failure rate and mode of failure were observed in six pairs of samples under RR and MR conditions. In RR condition the cobble-stone test was the influencing surface for failure, and in MR condition the kutcha road induced failure.
    Keywords: rough road; mining road; computer aided engineering; road load data acquisition.

  • A comparison of test manoeuvres for determining rearward amplification of articulated heavy vehicles   Order a copy of this article
    by Zhituo Ni, Shenjin Zhu, Yuping He 
    Abstract: Rearward amplification (RA) is an effective indicator of lateral stability for multi-trailer articulated heavy vehicles (MTAHVs). The International Organization for Standardization released the test manoeuvres, ISO-14791, for determining the indicator for MTAHVs. ISO-14791 recommends three methods, including two time-domain and one frequency-domain, to derive the RA measures. It was reported that the results from the three methods were not in good agreement. To explore this inconsistency among these methods, a multiple cycle sine-wave steering input (MCSSI) manoeuvre was simulated to obtain steady-state responses of MTAHVs. Furthermore, an automated frequency response method (AFRM) was used to derive the measures in the frequency domain. This paper presents simulation results based on an A-Train Double. Results demonstrate that the steady-state RA measures under a MCSSI manoeuvre are in excellent agreement with those from frequency-domain methods. It is revealed that drivers steering behaviours impose a non-negligible impact on the transient RA measures of MTAHVs.
    Keywords: rearward amplification; test manoeuvres; ISO-14791; multi-trailer articulated heavy vehicles; lateral dynamic; numerical simulation.

  • Determination of the most efficient bus rollover computer simulation technique according ECE R66   Order a copy of this article
    by Petr Rogov, Lev Orlov 
    Abstract: A review of the existing methods of the bus rollover computer simulation is conducted in the article. In order to investigate the motion of the bus before collision with ditch surface, the mathematical model of the bus motion was developed. To confirm the reliability of this model a comparison between the results of mathematical modelling, FEM simulation and experimental rollover of a bus section is made. It is found that the friction coefficient between the bus and the tilting platform, as well as the bus centre of gravity height, affect the ratio between the bus kinetic energy of the impact and the potential energy of the bus at the beginning of the rollover. As a result, an experimentally confirmed theoretical foundation for the most accurate method of computer simulation of the bus rollover according to UNECE Regulation No. 66 is given.
    Keywords: mathematical model; finite element method; passive safety; bus rollover; ECE R66; experiment; bus load conditions.

  • Controller structure for high response engine exhaust throttles
    by Ádám Bárdos, Huba Nemeth, Barna Szimandl 
    Abstract: Exhaust throttles are widely used as cost effective endurance brakes on commercial vehicle diesel engines. To fulfill the requirements as endurance brakes exhaust flaps have only two states: fully opened and fully closed. However, there are several possible new applications, suggested by the authors, in which exhaust throttles could be utilized e.g. brake blending, automated manual transmission support, exhaust gas thermomanagement etc. To provide these functionalities a backpressure controller which can adjust the exhaust manifold pressure arbitrarily is needed. In this paper the design and performance evaluation of an exhaust pressure controller is described which satisfies the new requirements derived from the possible future functions of exhaust throttles. A first engineering principle based, mean-value, nonlinear model of the engine and the actuator is described and validated with test bench measurements. Based on the nonlinear model a feed forward term was obtained with model inversion. As feedback an LQ servo controller was designed. The controller performance and the compliance of requirements was evaluated in three different test cycles on a medium-duty diesel engine, simulating brake blending, thermomanagement, and EGR support operations.
    Keywords: diesel engines; exhaust throttle; pressure control; nonlinear control systems; optimal control.

  • Taguchi-based grey relational analysis for multi-response optimisation of diesel engine performance and emission parameters   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohd Muqeem, Ahmad Faizan Sherwani, Mukhtar Ahmad, Zahid Akhtar Khan 
    Abstract: In order to achieve high performance and low emission of diesel engines, it is necessary to operate the engine at optimum condition. The aim of this paper is to optimise the input parameters of a diesel engine, which results in optimum performance and emission. Four input parameters, viz., compression ratio, fuel injection timing, air temperature and air pressure, each at five levels, were considered in this study. However, the main focus was on turbocharged air temperature and pressure. Four response variables, i.e., brake thermal efficiency, brake-specific fuel consumption, hydrocarbon emission and smoke opacity, under no load, half load and full load conditions, were measured. Twenty five experiments as per Taguchi L25 orthogonal array were performed, and experimental data was analysed using Grey Relational Analysis (GRA) to accomplish multi-response optimisation. Regression analysis was done to determine the experimental value of the Grey Relational Grade (GRG) at optimum setting of the input parameters. In order to validate the experimental results, the experimental value of the GRG was compared with that of the predicted value, and the comparison revealed a good relation between the predicted and experimental values of the GRG at optimum combination of the input parameters.
    Keywords: brake-specific fuel consumption; brake thermal efficiency; Taguchi approach; grey relational analysis; hydrocarbon emission; smoke opacity.

  • Multi-axle vehicle dynamics with roll   Order a copy of this article
    by Daniel E. Williams 
    Abstract: The classic two-axle yaw-plane or bicycle model has long provided basic insight into vehicle handling. It has previously been augmented to allow sprung mass roll, and more recently to accommodate multiple axles, any of which could be steering. In this work these two extensions of the yaw-plane model are combined, to form a dynamic model of a vehicle with an arbitrary number of axles, any of which could be steered, and also with a suspension that allows sprung mass roll. As such this work introduces the most general yaw-plane model to date.
    Keywords: vehicle dynamics; commercial vehicle dynamics; multi-axle vehicle dynamics; multi-axle steering; vehicle ride; vehicle handling.

  • Influences of roller diameter error on the mechanical properties and fatigue life for the main bearing of rotating drum in concrete mixing truck   Order a copy of this article
    by Jia-peng Yang, Qi An 
    Abstract: The rotating drum's supporting main bearing (RDSMB) of a concrete mixing truck is usually a double row spherical roller bearing (SRB). In manufacturing, the roller diameter inevitably has a certain error, and this error should have a great influence on the mechanical properties and fatigue life of the bearing. In this paper, the RDSMB of a certain type of concrete mixing truck is studied. The calculating equations are established to get the radial load and axial load acting on the main bearing. A mechanical model for SRB has been derived through the force analysis considering radial load, axial load, inner ring tilting angle and roller diameter error. The effects of single roller diameter error and random distribution errors of two row rollers on the axis orbit, roller maximum load, roller load experience and the fatigue life of RDSMB are studied. A series of influence relationship curves are obtained and analysed.
    Keywords: concrete mixing truck; main bearing; rotating drum; mechanics analysis; mechanical properties; roller diameter error; random distribution errors; axis orbit; roller load; fatigue life.

  • An investigation of the effect of elastic membrane on liquid sloshing in partially filled tank vehicles   Order a copy of this article
    by Qiongyao Wang, Subhash Rakheja, Wen-Bin Shangguan 
    Abstract: Roll plane fluid slosh within a partly-filled tank with an elastic membrane restraining the free surface is investigated through development of a two-dimensional computational fluid dynamic and fluid-structure interaction (CFD-FSI) model. The air-membrane-liquid interaction analysis is performed to investigate the effect of the membrane on the liquid cargo movement, and peak and mean magnitudes of lateral slosh force and roll moment under 0.3g lateral acceleration excitation. Laboratory experiments were conducted on a 50%-filled scaled 0.536 m diameter tank with an elastic membrane-like restraint under harmonic lateral acceleration excitations. The validity of the CFD-FSI model is demonstrated on the basis of the laboratory-measured responses in terms of lateral slosh force and roll moment. The effectiveness of the membrane in limiting the fluid slosh is illustrated by comparing simulation results obtained for a 7.55 m long and 2.03 m circular tank with and without the membrane. It is shown that addition of the membrane could yield substantial reduction in the fluid cargo motion and thus roll moment attributed to fluid sloshing, while increasing the fundamental slosh frequency by more than 2 times that obtained for the cleanbore tank. The study is limited to a fixed location of the membrane in the tank, near the tank centre. Higher fill volumes thus resulted in greater membrane deformation, and increase in the wetted area and membrane pre-tension.
    Keywords: tank trucks; fluid slosh; elastic membrane; fluid-membrane interaction.

  • Adaptive sliding mode control of a four-wheel-steering autonomous vehicle with uncertainty using parallel orientation and position control   Order a copy of this article
    by Armin Norouzi, Hadi Adibi-Asl, Reza Kazemi, Parvin Fathi Hafshejani 
    Abstract: Control systems of autonomous vehicles or driver assistant control systems always face uncertainties due to the in-vehicle and environmental disturbances. In addition, the steering ability for rear tyres leads to more stability and more handling and manoeuvrability. In this paper the adaptive sliding mode control (ASME) strategy is employed to improve handling issues due to the roads friction, which plays a key role in handling dynamics. The proposed dynamic model used in this paper is a simple and useful two degrees of freedom model. Two parallel ASMCs are used: one for positioning error and the other for angular error. The simulation is executed for two different road conditions with consideration of the hypercritical condition. To verify the designed controller, the controller is applied to the nonlinear full vehicle model. The simulation results prove that the controller perfectly works for different road conditions. The controller is also robust against uncertainties such as road friction.
    Keywords: autonomous vehicle; four-wheel-steering vehicle; vehicle lateral control; adaptive sliding mode control.

  • Effects analysis of suspension parameters, different wheel conicities and wheel nominal rolling radii on the derailment safety and ride comfort   Order a copy of this article
    by Yung-Chang Cheng, Po-Hsien Wu 
    Abstract: Using a modified heuristic nonlinear creep model with different wheel conicities and nominal rolling radii, a 31 degrees-of-freedom railway vehicle system with rail irregularities in the lateral and vertical directions is modelled and analysed. The effects of suspension system parameters, different wheel conicities and nominal rolling radius on the derailment quotient, the offload factor and the ride comfort index are illustrated and compared. Generally, the derailment risk is underestimated and ride comfort is overestimated when the linear creep model is used for dynamic analysis of a railway vehicle system. The derailment risk is increased and the ride comfort performance is decreased when a worn wheel that has a different wheel nominal rolling radius is used. Finally, for a softer primary and secondary suspension system, the derailment risk for a worn wheel is also increased.
    Keywords: modified heuristic nonlinear creep model; derailment quotient; offload factor; ride comfort; wheel nominal rolling radius; suspension system parameters; wheel conicity.

  • Measurements and simulations of sliding wear, leakage and acoustic isolation of engine rubber gaskets   Order a copy of this article
    by Fredrik Birgersson, Par Mikaelsson, Tommy Andersson, Marten Olsson 
    Abstract: Design and verification of gasket elements between engine-mounted components requires computation and physical tests, with respect to wear. Wear is a common problem in engines and mainly comes from engine vibrations and thermal loading. The vibrations are due to inertial loads as well as reaction forces to gas pressure in the cylinders. For existing engine types, measured vibrations are commonly used as input to calculations and shaker test rigs. The translation, rotation and twisting of the complete engine block can be simulated by fitting the measured acceleration signals at four or more positions of the engine block. Here, a new method to correctly simulate the measured wear rate of an oil pan rubber gasket is described. Much work exists on investigations of gasket sealings between cylinder head and block, where the thermal loading becomes very important. The method described herein focuses instead on other types of gasket on the engine, where the main failure mode is due to sliding wear caused by the engine block and component vibrations. In order to correctly reproduce wear and leakage of rubber, both the dynamic and static properties of the rubber need to be accurately described. A comparison between measured and simulated wear of an engine oil pan gasket showed good agreement and a discussion on how to improve the gasket condition is included.
    Keywords: sliding wear; leakage; engine rubber gaskets; engine vibrations; oil pan.

  • Research on loaded brake performance test of trucks   Order a copy of this article
    by Wanyou Huang, Yanyan Fan, Mingjin Yu 
    Abstract: As regulated by the truck inspection specification in the China National Standard GB21861-2014 that, from the 1st March of 2017 a new detection program should be added to test the loaded braking performance for trucks that have more than three (including three) axles. And it is specified that the trucks should be lift loaded by brake test platform. In this article, the axle load model of a three-axle truck upon lift loading is built, and the calculation model of vehicle centroid position is created as well. The effectiveness of the axle load model is verified by real vehicle test with a three-axle heavy duty van. The maximum relative error between model calculation results and real test values is 3.17%, which indicates that the axle load model is valid. Based on the axle load model, analysis is conducted to get impact laws of lifted height, wheelbase, centroid position and composite stiffness on the lift loaded axle load, which provides a basis for the vehicle braking performance test. According to the results of real vehicle tests, the maximum braking force of the first, second and third axles is increased by 30.6%, 73.3% and 5% after the respective axle is lift loaded. The growth of both axle load and braking force reach a maximum when lift loading is applied on the second axle. Therefore, it is feasible to do loaded brake tests on the second axle using the test method of lift loading. On the other hand, as the growth of braking force is not obvious when the third axle is lift loaded, so it is inadvisable to do lift loaded brake tests on the third axle.
    Keywords: truck; braking performance; load test; anti-force brake test platform; axle-load models.

  • Study of a steering model for four-axle 8x8 off-road vehicles   Order a copy of this article
    by Yun-Jui Chung, Chung-Hsien Chuang, Yung-Chi Chang, Tyng Liu 
    Abstract: The purpose of this study is to establish a steering model for a four-axle 8x8 vehicle, which provides the design of the assisted steering system. To obtain the best steering performance, this system aims to minimise the turning radius. In this study, the steady-state mathematical steering model of this vehicle is established and the actual physical parameters are added to this model. By actually driving the vehicle, the model is verified and the results show that the model can accurately predict the steering behaviour of the vehicle. After correction, the model is added to assist the steering of the fourth axle and find the optimal steering mode. To evaluate the design, this model inputs the functions of time and steering wheel angle and outputs the tracks of driving this vehicle. We verify the steering assistance design of this vehicle by comparing the driving tracks with and without it.
    Keywords: four-axle vehicles; turning radius; mathematical model; steering assistance.

  • Relative navigation control of articulated vehicles based on LTV-MPC   Order a copy of this article
    by Guoxing Bai, Yu Meng, Qing Gu, Weidong Luo, Li Liu 
    Abstract: The automation of articulated vehicles is an important trend of the intelligent transportation system in the mining industry. The relative navigation is a key technology in automatic vehicles. One of the challenges in the relative navigation of the articulated vehicle is that the system constraints may cause the actuator saturation and other problems. In order to solve these problems, this paper presents a relative navigation control method based on Linear Time Varying Model Predictive Control (LTV-MPC). This control method can explicitly take the system constraints into account. The performance of the controller is verified by simulation and experiment. The results show that the articulated vehicle with the LTV-MPC controller can track the target heading direction, and the steady-state error is less than 0.3 rad. The relative navigation controller based on LTV-MPC can be used to improve the automatic driving performance of the articulated vehicle.
    Keywords: articulated vehicle; relative navigation; motion control; LTV-MPC; nonlinear systems.

  • DART algorithm for constrained optimisation with applications in suspension design   Order a copy of this article
    by Syeda Darakhshan Jabeen, R.N. Mukherjee, Jyotirmoy Saha 
    Abstract: This paper proposes a new hybrid algorithm with application for suspension designs problems. The algorithm is based on Divide-And-Rule Technique (DART) governed by Artificial Bee Colony (ABC) algorithm, and proceeds in two phases. A divide phase splits the search region into subregions of smaller size. The fitness value of each subregion is identified by separate groups of bees in the ABC algorithm. The scout bee selects a subregion with higher fitness and discards lower fitness region. In the ruling phase, bees rule over the selected subregion and now look for a new region of the best food source. The DART process is recursively applied to discover higher fitness subregion until no further division is possible and the so far best solutions produce the optimal solution of the optimisation problem. The DART allows the bees to explore the search region in an intelligent way, concentrating on the subregion containing high quality solution. The technique is simple, powerful and permits to focus on the best solution without much effort. Moreover, a new search strategy has been implemented to bias the bees towards feasible solutions. Here, the suspension problem is formulated as a nonlinear constrained optimisation problem where the weighted sum of sprung mass jerk and tyre deflections is minimised under technological constraints. The algorithm is used to find the optimal passive suspension parameters of the half-car mode that minimise the level of vibration and enhance passengers comfort. Moreover, the results obtained by simulations of the model with existing and optimised suspension parameters are compared.
    Keywords: suspension; half car; optimisation; bee colony algorithm; ISO 2631 standards.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2018.10014576
  • Estimation of friction surface temperature of a dry clutch   Order a copy of this article
    by Tolga Cakmak, Muhsin Kilic 
    Abstract: This paper presents an approach to estimate the temperature on the friction surface of a dry clutch. The study comprises both experimental measurements and transient thermal numerical analysis of heavy duty truck clutches for the successive engagements on a sloping road. Compared with previous mathematical models in the literature, pressure plate surface convection coefficient, energy dissipation, engagement duration and variation of the clutch housing air temperature were obtained on the basis of experimental data and have been applied as input in the 3D clutch transient thermal finite element analysis. Simulation results show that the design of the clutch plate has a significant effect on the temperature rise at the friction surface.
    Keywords: dry clutch; energy dissipation; engagement duration; finite element analysis; transient thermal simulation.

  • Modelling, parametrisation and validation of a truck steering system to predict the steering-wheel torque   Order a copy of this article
    by Jan Loof, Igo Besselink, Henk Nijmeijer 
    Abstract: The prediction of the steering-wheel torque in a steering system is a challenging subject. The steering system of a truck consists of many components, including a hydraulic power-steering system. A model is developed that includes the most important components. A Wheatstone bridge is used to model the hydraulic valve system. A flexible supply hose and compressible fluid in the cylinder chamber are taken into account. The model is parametrised using test-bench measurements. The model is validated by means of additional measurements on the same test-bench. The model is verified for quasi-static conditions and up to a frequency higher than a driver will ever use. The predictions of the steering-wheel torque, steering-wheel angle and pressures in the system are accurate for high torque amplitude inputs. For small inputs the model is still able to predict the steering-wheel torque with an error smaller than 10%.
    Keywords: commercial vehicle; hydraulic power-steering; Wheatstone bridge; steering system; steering-wheel torque prediction; parametrisation.

  • Ground-watching navigation for trailer-steering control   Order a copy of this article
    by Qiheng Miao, David Cebon 
    Abstract: This paper discusses two ground-watching navigation strategies for path-following control of a steered trailer at low speeds. Such systems provide navigation information by processing the features of the road surface in successive images. Theoretical performance of the systems was initially investigated in simulation. Field testing was conducted for three manoeuvres: a straight line, a lane change and a 90
    Keywords: heavy goods vehicles; active trailer steering; ground-watching navigation; off-highway;.

  • Analysing human effect on the reliability of mining equipment   Order a copy of this article
    by Burak Ozdemir, Mustafa Kumral 
    Abstract: In the mineral industries, heavy equipment is widely used, and the operator performance is a significant factor for fulfilling intended functions of this equipment. This study aims to analyse and interpret the effect of the human factor on the reliability of the equipment used in the mining industry. In doing so, a combined approach based on the reliability analysis, statistical inference and a machine learning technique is proposed. A case study was conducted on haul trucks in a mining operation. The case study showed that the reliability drops of haul trucks vary in the range of 0.84% and 2.45% in a shift. It was also calculated that 16.9% of these reliability drops were associated with operator habits. A trucks condition at the beginning of a shift and the initial reliability contribute to 36.3% and 31.1% of the reliability drops, respectively. The findings can be used in scheduling training programs, short-term mine planning, and simulation of material handling systems.
    Keywords: human factor; equipment reliability; scoring; machine learning.

  • Development for generalised multi-axle steering vehicle handling   Order a copy of this article
    by Xiang Chen, Kong-hui Guo 
    Abstract: This paper devotes its main effort to develop the generalised multi-axle steering vehicle handling for more comprehensive analysis with the factors of vehicle body roll, multi-axle, unsprung mass, steering centre distance, steering ratio coefficient and steering delay. A linear vehicle dynamic model is established first. Then,the multi-axle steering vehicle handling is analysed from the two aspects of steady-state and transient-state. For the steady-state, the expressions of equivalent wheelbase and steady factor are derived from the generalised vehicle dynamic equations, and some special conditions are discussed in detail. For the transient-state, the expressions of frequency characteristics and root locus are deduced and the influences of steering delay and steering ratio coefficient to multi-axle steering vehicle handling are analysed in depth. The corresponding results derived from the generalized dynamic model can be used for analysing the various influences on multi-axle steering vehicle handling.
    Keywords: multi-axle steering vehicle handling; vehicle dynamic model; steady-state characteristics; transient-state characteristics.

  • Active fault tolerance control for active suspension with control input time-delay and actuator gain variation fault   Order a copy of this article
    by Hongbo Wang 
    Abstract: An active suspension system subject to control input time-delay and actuator gain fault is considered in this paper. System dynamics models with time-delay and gain fault are built. A sliding-mode controller is designed to maintain the stability for the time-delay system. By employing a robust observer and residue errors, the gain fault is detected and diagnosed. The control law reconfiguration is adopted to realise the active fault tolerance control. The act-and-wait control is applied for the active suspension nonlinear system. Comparative simulation results for a quarter-car active suspension system are presented to show the effectiveness of the adopted control scheme.
    Keywords: active suspension; time delay; gain fault; fault tolerance control.

  • New method to predict truck-semitrailer jackknifing effect   Order a copy of this article
    by Roberto Spinola Barbosa 
    Abstract: A new method based on two articulated bodies with internal inertial force, similar to the structural buckling effect, is proposed to describe the unstable yaw relative angular movement between truck and semitrailer, known as jackknifing. An analytic expression is derived from the proposed linear model, allowing the prediction of the deceleration limit prior to the yaw instability phenomenon. The influences of the relevant contributing factors, such as vehicle mass, brake distribution, height of center of mass, vertical load transfer and lateral tyre stiffness, are considered. A detailed non-linear model with 19 degrees of freedom is developed and used as a simulation tool to verify dynamic performance. The analytical results of the jackknife effect were validated by comparison with the instability tendency simulated with a complete vehicle dynamic model. The results show good agreement between the proposed analytical expression and the numerical simulation. The proposed analytic expression is independent of the vehicle speed and does not require a stability analysis or an integration process, as other techniques available in the literature.
    Keywords: jackknifing; truck; dynamic; safety; instability.

  • Building a novel dynamics rollover model for critical instability state analysis of articulated multibody vehicles   Order a copy of this article
    by Qingyuan Zhu, Chaoping Yang, Huosheng Hu, Xiongfeng Wu 
    Abstract: Articulated wheel loaders in the construction industry have poor lateral stability and a high rate of accidents owing to their multibody structure and uneven working fields. In order to realise early rollover warning and active control, it is necessary to explore the mechanism of instability and the change rules of dynamics parameters. This paper proposes a novel dynamics rollover model with six degrees of freedom for modelling the instability process of an articulated wheel loader. The proposed rollover model is compared with a virtual prototype and a 1:5 scale-down physical prototype under four typical working conditions to verify its reliability, and its accuracy is investigated via a rotation motion under a constant steering angle under the critical state of rollover. Finally, the dynamics rollover model is used to investigate the influence of different kinematic parameters on lateral stability of an articulated wheel loader with steady-state margin angle as stability index.
    Keywords: articulated wheel loader; dynamics model; lateral stability.

  • Analysis and practical validation on a multi-linkage scissor platforms drive system for the satellite test facilities   Order a copy of this article
    by Nor Mohd Haziq Norsahperi, Salmiah Ahmad, Siti Fauziah Toha, Iskandar Al-Thani Mahmood 
    Abstract: This paper evaluates a new method for measuring the reaction forces on the multi-linkages scissor mechanism driven by a ball-screw system. Unlike the previous approach introduced by Spackman, the overall detailed structures were not considered. In this paper, the proposed method took into account all reaction forces on the designed linkages to evaluate accurate actuators sizing. The fusion of the structural-virtual work (SV) analysis overcomes the problems associated with the previous conventional technique, whereby the reaction forces on each linkage where measured to avoid the over-sizing of driving system, and also to sustain the system performance with cost reduction. The idea was proven in three ways: analytical analysis, simulation analysis and experimental analysis based on the developed prototype. In addition, to ensure the results are acceptable to the practitioners in this field, a dynamic study was conducted to observe the effect of speed variations on the driving system. From the simulation performance analysis, it was discovered that the estimated torque was reduced by 29% as compared to the conventional approach. The 12% error between the result from simulation and the ones from the experiment has suggested that the SV method is superior to the conventional analysis, where the error between the conventional analysis and the hardware is 60%. The successful method proposed in this paper can be further implemented for all multi-linkages systems in a heavy vehicle used in industry that requires accurate actuators sizing.
    Keywords: scissor mechanism; motion study; static analysis; dynamic analysis; drive system; satellite facilities.

  • Improving curving performance of a straddle-type monorail vehicle by using semi-active devices   Order a copy of this article
    by Ali Suat Yıldız, Selim Sivrioğlu 
    Abstract: This paper is concerned with improving the curving performance of monorail vehicles, which are one of the modern mass transport systems, by using semi-active magnetorheological (MR) dampers. Controlling the curving dynamic of the monorail vehicles with semi-active devices is a new research area. The considered monorail vehicle has one segment supported by two bogies. As a secondary suspension, lateral and vertical MR dampers are taken into consideration in addition to air suspensions. Control performances of the robust Hinf and adaptive control are investigated and compared with a passive case along a designed road profile. Parametric uncertainties in running tyres and vehicle mass are taken into consideration in the control simulations. Simulation results show that the designed controllers improved the roll, yaw and vertical motions of the monorail vehicle when compared with uncontrolled and passive cases. These improvements provide better comfort and safer conditions, and a small turning radius can be achieved by monorail vehicles equipped with the semi-active suspension system.
    Keywords: semi-active suspension; MR damper; adaptive controller; monorail vehicle; Hinf control.

Special Issue on: Recent Advances in Active Safety Control Systems for Commercial Vehicles

  • Rollover prevention for a heavy vehicle using optimised slide mode steering control   Order a copy of this article
    by Zhilin Jin, Chao Wang, Lei Zhang, Wanzhong Zhao, Amir Khajepour 
    Abstract: For a heavy vehicle, active steering can effectively prevent rollover, however, it also changes the operation of the vehicle away from the drivers intentions. To improve rollover stability and reduce tracking error, an optimised slide mode steering control strategy is proposed. A four degrees of freedom linear model is used, which includes lateral, yaw, and roll motions of the sprung mass and unsprung mass. This model is also validated to describe heavy vehicle rollover dynamics. From the model, slide mode control based roll angle and slide mode control based lateral displacement strategies are developed, respectively, and the optimised slide mode steering control strategy is presented to track the set routes and prevent vehicle rollover. Furthermore, some typical numerical cases are simulated to demonstrate the effectiveness of the control strategies. The results show that the optimised slide mode steering control strategy can effectively reduce vehicle rollover risk and significantly improve the performance of tracking the drivers intention for a heavy vehicle.
    Keywords: heavy vehicle rollover; optimised slide mode control; active steering; rollover prevention.

  • Braking intention recognition algorithm based on electronic braking system in commercial vehicles   Order a copy of this article
    by Hongyu Zheng, Shenao Ma, Lingxiao Fang, Weiqiang Zhao, TianJun Zhu 
    Abstract: The aim of this research is to investigate the braking intention identification method adaptive to the Electronic Braking System (EBS) in commercial vehicles. Based on the neural network, a braking intention identification model is established that takes both emergency braking and general braking into account. Then, considering the complex transportation environment, a multi-condition identification model with respect to four typical braking conditions is developed using fuzzy logic. The experimental results of the two models demonstrate that the proposed strategy can make good use of driver braking intention. The proposed method provides theoretical guidelines on driver behaviour adaptation on the longitudinal active safety system, which promotes vehicle safety and braking performance.
    Keywords: braking intention identification; neural network; fuzzy logic; electronic brake system; commercial vehicle.

  • Modelling, verification and analysis of articulated steer vehicles and a new way to eliminate jack-knife and snaking behaviour   Order a copy of this article
    by Yu Gao, Yanhua Shen, Yaodong Yang, Wenming Zhang, Levent Güvenç 
    Abstract: A nonlinear articulated steer vehicle (ASV) model coupled with a 12-DOF dynamic model and full-hydraulic steering system model is derived. Field tests of single-lane change at unloaded and loaded condition are made to verify the accuracy of the ASV model by comparison of velocity, articulation angle, yaw rate and oil pressure. Considering the effect of varying bulk modulus, the unstable area of ASV decided by oil pressure and air content is confirmed according to the critical speed analysis by 3-DOF linear model. To reveal the differences between the nonlinear vehicle model and the linear vehicle model, articulation angle responses of the two models are compared. Results show that the nonlinear vehicle model has a reduced unstable area compared with the linear model, which means the nonlinear model is less sensitive to disturbance than the linear model. As the torsional stiffness is influenced by the fluid pressure when the oil is entrapped with air, a new way to improve the stability of ASV by filling-oil pressure control is presented. Simulation results show that the jack-knife and snaking behaviour are eliminated and the appropriate filling-oil pressure for this ASV is confirmed at 1.0 MPa.
    Keywords: modelling; verification; articulated steer vehicle; stability; bulk modulus; jack-knife and snaking behaviour; control.

  • Improving stability and comfort of an in-wheel motor drive electric vehicle via active suspensions   Order a copy of this article
    by Guo-dong Yin, Zhen Wang, Ning Zhang, Xian-jian Jin 
    Abstract: This paper presents a method of a controller design to improve the handling and stability of an in-wheel motor drive electric vehicle using active suspensions with considerations of parameter uncertainties and control saturation. The construction of the mathematical model of vehicle suspensions combines active suspensions with vehicle lateral stability together. Through the robust H∞ optimal control of active suspensions, the vehicle lateral stability has been improved and the vertical dynamic displacements of suspensions have decreased. The uncertain parameters include the vehicle body mass, suspension spring stiffness and suspension damping coefficient. The control saturation considered results from the physical limitations of actuators. Active suspensions are designed with linear matrix inequalities feedback control method to attenuate the effect of the lateral acceleration on the roll angle and the suspension stroke. Simulation results show that the designed controller can improve vehicle handling and stability and has good robustness.
    Keywords: active suspension; robust H∞ optimal control; in-wheel motor; actuator saturation.

  • Dynamics integrated control for a four wheeled independent control electric vehicle   Order a copy of this article
    by Guoying Chen, Lei He, Buyang Zhang 
    Abstract: The four wheeled independent control electric vehicle (FWIC-EV) has each wheel with independent steering, driving and braking. Apart from conventional vehicles, all independent chassis actuators drive by wire allows vehicle dynamic improvement to assist the driver in enhancing handling and cornering stability. In this paper, a multilevel integrated control, including motion controller and control allocation, is introduced for the performance improvement. In the strategy, the motion controller based on model prediction control (MPC) optimises the vehicle control forces and moments within the actuators characteristics, and tracks the longitudinal and lateral references. According to the calculation of the MPC controller, the control allocation minimises the each wheels tyre workload, and distributes the wheels steering angles and driving/braking torques. In the processing of the allocation, the constraints divided into equality and inequality constraints are respectively introduced for simplification. Based on a FWIC-EV co-simulation vehicle model and an experimental platform, the performance of the multilevel integrated control is demonstrated.
    Keywords: electric vehicle; integrated control; model prediction control; allocation; tyre workload.

  • Modelling and analysis of the influences of various liquid sloshing characteristics on tank truck dynamics   Order a copy of this article
    by Ying Wan, Weiqiang Zhao, Changfu Zong, Hongyu Zheng, Zhenyang Li 
    Abstract: This paper focuses on the degree of vehicle-liquid coupling and its influence on the whole vehicle in actual manoeuvres and the modelling theory of liquid sloshing in liquid tank trucks. A complicated two-way coupled dynamic model and three simplified models for tank trucks were developed. Based on the four models, the vehicle-liquid coupling dynamic characteristics and their influence on the whole vehicle are discussed from the aspects of lateral handling stability and longitudinal braking performance, with various actual manoeuvres of different emergency level.
    Keywords: heavy vehicle systems; tank trucks; tanker; vehicle-liquid coupling dynamics; sloshing characteristics; two-way coupled model; simplified models; equivalent model; computation fluid dynamics; CFD; actual manoeuvre; handling stability; longitudinal braking performance.

  • Research on lane keeping control strategy for buses   Order a copy of this article
    by Xiaojian Han, Weiqiang Zhao, Hongyu Zheng, Lijiao Yu 
    Abstract: Owing to the frequent occurrence of commercial vehicle lane departure, a novel lane departure warning (LDW) system based on driver behaviour characteristics and a lane keeping assisted system (LKAS) based on an electrohydraulic steering system for buses are presented in this paper. Considering the differences between driver behaviour characteristics, a newly designed dynamic warning algorithm is proposed to predict the lane departure risk. Then for the LKAS control, a simulation model of the electro-hydraulic steering system for buses is introduced for the active steering assisted control, and a multi-mode active control algorithm is designed for the lane keeping. In order to verify the effectiveness of the proposed control strategy, the co-simulation softwares of TruckSim, AMESim and MATLAB/Simulink are employed for the experiment validation. After extended simulation, it is found that the proposed LDW algorithm demonstrates an effective lane departure detection, and when the imminent lane departure is detected, the multi-mode active control algorithm can rapidly make adjustments to avoid the bus departing from the original lane.
    Keywords: driver assistance systems; bus; warning system; driver types; dynamic warning line; steering system model; active steering control; piecewise PID controller.

  • A new driving condition identification method for heavy duty vehicles based on HHMM model   Order a copy of this article
    by Tianjun Zhu, Bin Li, Changfu Zong 
    Abstract: Aiming to improve the active safety of heavy duty vehicles, a new dynamic driving condition identification method is developed in this paper through incorporating Hierarchical hidden Markov models (HHMM) into the rollover warning system for heavy duty vehicles to assist the driver to be aware of the driving conditions. The corresponding data under typical driving conditions are first collected and then put into test with Student's t-test method and Grubbs test method (T-G test method). The outliers filtered by T-G test from the data are detected and eliminated. K-Means algorithm, used to set up the rollover threshold value, and Baum-Welch algorithm for optimising the proposed rollover warning model, are discussed in detail. Computer simulations under different driving conditions are carried out to verify the optimised HHMM model. The simulation results demonstrate that the proposed driving condition identification method can effectively identify the driving status with a high accuracy under a variety of driving conditions and could be used for real-time rollover warning control.
    Keywords: hierarchical hidden Markov model; heavy duty vehicles; driving condition identification; rollover warning system.

  • Investigating the active suspension performance using 2/ robust controller combined with particle swarm optimisation   Order a copy of this article
    by Hamid Taghavifar, Leyla Tagahvifar, Aref Mardani 
    Abstract: A robust controller design technique for vehicle active suspension systems is investigated, which takes into consideration the road disturbance as the uncertainty of system parameters. The design of the robust controller is considered as a dynamic optimisation problem, and two artificial intelligence approaches of genetic algorithm and particle swarm optimization are adopted to find the optimum amounts of weighted mixture of H∞/H2. The cost function of the robust controller is designed based on the norms of the weighted mixture of H∞/H2 for a plant with a definite feedback gain and coefficient of norm of infinity that varies in the range between 0 and 1 representing absolute H2 and H∞, respectively. Particle swarm optimisation showed a competitive convergence to the global minimum of 127 in the shortest time and was selected as the best performing technique. The adopted system improved the system response in terms of sprung mass acceleration, suspension deflection and unsprung mass displacement. The obtained results from the simulations further confirm the superiority of the proposed system relative to the classical passive suspension, and signify the robustness of the active controller design.
    Keywords: active suspension; robust control; suspension deflection; particle swarm optimisation.

  • Path-tracking errors for active trailer steering off-highway: a simulation study   Order a copy of this article
    by Qiheng Miao, David Cebon 
    Abstract: This paper discusses the tracking performance of a path-following steering system when operating off-highway. Simulation studies were conducted on three types of vehicle model: tractor-semitrailer, B-double and A-triple. The vehicles were simulated for a straight-line and a 450 roundabout with various road cambers, grades and adhesions. Results indicated that the path-following steering system was unable to provide good tracking performance under those conditions owing to longitudinal and lateral wheel slip interfering with its estimation of trailer location and orientation.
    Keywords: simulation study; path-following control; active steering; off-highway.

  • Path planning and tracking for autonomous mining articulated vehicles   Order a copy of this article
    by Fengqian Dou, Yanjun Huang, Li Liu, Hong Wang, Yu Meng, Lianqiang Zhao 
    Abstract: This paper presents a path planning and tracking framework for autonomous mining articulated vehicles (AVs). The relation space method (RSM) is proposed for path planning. In this method, a self-organising, competitive neural network is adopted to identify the space around the vehicle. Then the vehicles optimal driving direction is determined by using the spatial geometric relationships of the identified space. A PID controller is used to control the vehicle speed, whereas a model predictive controller (MPC) is designed for steering control, where the path tracking error model is used for MPC development. In addition, the AVs dynamics model is built in Adams. The effect and sensitivity of the path-tracking controller are validated through the Matlab-Adams co-simulation. The test results show satisfactory path-tracking performance.
    Keywords: articulated vehicle; relation space method; path planning and tracking; MPC.

  • Integrated control strategy for articulated heavy vehicles based on a linear model with real-time parameters   Order a copy of this article
    by Zhigen Nie, Jin Gao, Kun Zhang 
    Abstract: A control strategy for lateral performance improvement of articulated heavy vehicles (AHVs) by integrating active trailer steering and differential braking is presented. A linear model with real-time parameters is adopted in the strategy to achieve precise control for AHVs under the real-time vehicle states and conditions. The strategy is divided into a path-follow control mode and rollover control mode. A mode switching method is employed by the strategy to achieve good path following and yaw stability under normal working conditions and to avoid vehicle rollover under the limit conditions. Moreover, in order to obtain the optimal control effects for different control objectives and achieve fusion and coordination of multiple subsystems, the genetic particle swarm optimisation algorithm is used to obtain the optimal weight coefficients of the strategy. Experimental verification results indicate that the presented strategy achieves good control for AHVs across a wide range of different operating conditions.
    Keywords: articulated heavy vehicles; integrated control; vehicle dynamics and control; parameter identification; optimal control.

Special Issue on: Heavy Vehicle Systems in Real-Time Applications

  • Automated multimodal background detection and shadow removal process using robust principal fuzzy gradient partial equation methods in intelligent transportation systems   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohamed Shakeel, N. Arunkumar, Enas Abdulhay 
    Abstract: The continuous developments of computer technologies in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) place an important role on the various applications such as vehicle detection, traffic control detection and so on. Among these, the vehicle detection process plays a major role in providing effective solutions for congested roads, as well as the some other traffic control issues. During the vehicle detection process various techniques are introduced, but still some issues such as detecting a multimodal background subtraction, cast shadow removal, and illumination changes need to be improved. In this paper, the robust principal fuzzy subtraction method and gradient partial equation method (RPFGPE) are used to investigate the multi-modal background detection-subtraction with illumination changes and cast shadow removal method to effectively recognise the vehicle from the video footage. These methods analyse each pixel present in the video frame images while analysing the background as well as the cast shadow. The effectiveness of the proposed system is evaluated with the help of experimental results, and compared with the other methods for background subtraction, cast shadow removal with different illumination changes.
    Keywords: intelligent transportation system; multimodal background subtraction; cast shadow removal; illumination changes; robust principal fuzzy subtraction method; gradient partial equation method.

  • Evaluation of outliers detection algorithms for traffic congestion assessment in smart city traffic data from vehicle sensors   Order a copy of this article
    by Ramona Ruiz-Blazquez, Mario Munoz-Organero, Luis Sanchez-Fernández 
    Abstract: On-board sensors in vehicles are able to capture real-time data representations of variables conditioning the traffic flow. Extracting knowledge by combining data from different vehicles, together with machine learning algorithms, will help both to optimise transportation systems and to maximise the drivers and passengers comfort. This paper analyses the information from several sensors while driving for the particular application of the detection and prediction of abnormal traffic conditions. The study is based on the combination of outlier detection mechanisms together with data classification methods. This study provides first a summary of the most common multivariate outlier detection methods and applies them to sensor data captured from sensor vehicles. Outliers detection represents an important task in discovering useful and valuable information, as has been proven in numerous researches. The aim of outlier detection will be to find and identify different abnormal driving conditions such as traffic jams. The output of the outlier detection phase will then be fed into several classifiers, which have been implemented to assess whether or not the multivariate outliers correspond to traffic congestion situations.
    Keywords: multivariate outliers; traffic jams; outliers detection methods; vehicle telemetry; machine learning.

  • Robust detection and recognition of traffic signs on road panels   Order a copy of this article
    by S. Gokul, Kumar S. Suresh, S. Giriprasad 
    Abstract: Traffic panels provides vital information on roads with the aid of iconic symbols and text strings. Recognising these signs accurately at the right time is crucial for car drivers to ensure a safe journey. The automatic visual recognition and classification of the information contained in the panel could be very useful for driver assistance application. This paper proposes a method to identify and recognise the information contained in the traffic panels, as an application using colour space conversion for image acquisition then the colour decomposition and shape model generation using an active appearance model. The traffic panel detection uses a character descriptor based on adaptive fuzzy clustering. Multi-frame detection strategy is a simple way of using precision and recall. Finally the prediction accuracy is computed by using massive training artificial neural network.
    Keywords: traffic panel; iconic symbols; active appearance model; adaptive fuzzy clustering; massive training artificial neural network.

  • Location optimisation for roadside unit deployment and maximising communication probability in multi-lane highway   Order a copy of this article
    by Naskath Jahangeer, B. Paramasivan 
    Abstract: Quick advances in wireless and mobile communications have led to a change of outlook in human lifestyles. Vehicular Ad hoc Network (VANET) is an emerging and challenging technology in mobile communication. Vehicle to infrastructure communication is a cornerstone for providing a wide plethora of VANET. To provide an acceptable quality of service, we need to place roadside units appropriately for better communication. In this paper, we propose to provide the desired geometry-based coverage strategy using a Voronoi sweep line algorithm and genetic approach. The simulation results illustrate that our coverage protocol performs well in highway vehicular networks.
    Keywords: vehicular ad hoc network; deployment; roadside unit; Voronoi sweep line algorithm; genetic algorithm; smart PC.

  • Mapping the structure and evolution of heavy vehicle research: a scientometric analysis and visualization   Order a copy of this article
    by V. Venkatraman, N. Arunkumar, Angela Chantre Astaiza, Ana Isabel Muñoz Mazón, Laura Fuentes Moraleda, Mohammed Shahriar Khan 
    Abstract: In the last decades the research of heavy vehicles has taken great importance for the development of multiple industries at a commercial level and from the scientific point of view, which has led to the need for various studies in this field. This paper analyses the field of heavy vehicles from 1912 to the first quarter of 2017 identifying the patterns from the publications, including the most important authors and institutions; high-frequency categories and keywords; journal and author contributions; most important research topics and evolution of the field based on cluster analysis. A scientometric approach based on bibliometric analysis is employed. Records from WOS and Scopus have been gathered using two bibliometric tools CiteSpace and SciMAT.
    Keywords: heavy vehicles; Web of Science; Scopus; co-citation; CiteSpace; SciMAT; visualisation research; research trends; bibliometric analysis.

  • IEEE 802.11p MAC with spectrum sensing scheme reliable for VANET using intelligent transportation system   Order a copy of this article
    by S. Karthikeyini, S. Shankar 
    Abstract: IEEE 802.11 standard supports Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) which access the vehicle based on WiFi technology. IEEE 802.11p, which supports data exchange between high-speed vehicle to vehicle communication through licensed frequency band 5.8GHz or 5.9GHz (5.85-5.925 GHz), support ITS application in Wireless Access in Vehicular Enviroment (WAVE) protocol stacks. The IEEE 802.11p standard provides multiple channel access to improve of traffic safety and traffic efficiency. In a congested area it needs enough spectrum for a commute of safety and non-safety messages. The proposed method, IEEE802.11p MAC, accesses the channel in a distributed fashion to avoid collisions and uses the cyclic autocorrelation function to detect the energy for broadcast signal and measured along the vehicle level. All information is aggregated for making a decision for data delivery in vehicular environments. The spectrum sensing method is employed to sense broadcast signals for finding out the occupancy status of the spectrum and availability of the licensed frequency bands. Thus the cognitive radio approach dynamically allocates the bandwidth for insufficient area, which mitigates the spectrum scarcity. The performance of the spectrum sensing technique is judged at a congested city-state of affairs using an ns2 simulator. The results establish the available licensed free channels and avoid collision by the dynamic TDMA method. The proposed approach represents an effective and warranted conversation over VANET measured through the high reliability and reduced delay and overhead of packet constraints.
    Keywords: IEEE 802.11p; MAC protocol; CAF; CFD; dynamic TDMA.

  • Corrosion, adhesion and erosion study of MZ and ML system using thermal plasma   Order a copy of this article
    by B. Shreeram, I. Rajendran 
    Abstract: Mullite processed through Transferred Arc Plasma (TAP) is the most promising material in the ceramics industry for protective barrier coatings. The addition of impurities such as ZrO2 shows a significance improvement in the fracture toughness property. This present research compares the performance of La2O3 as a material equivalent to ZrO2. Mullite is mixed in different weight proportions varying from 10 to 20% with ZrO2 and La2O3 and ball-milled to obtain a homogeneous mixture. The compositions are processed using TAP and sprayed onto steel substrates. The substrates are tested for the microstructure and characterisation using SEM and XRD. Coating thickness, roughness, adhesion test and tribological properties are studied for erosion wear and sliding wear. The study reveals that La2O3 can be an excellent alternative and cost effective material for coatings.
    Keywords: mullite; thermal barrier coatings; plasma spraying.

  • Evaluation of mechanical performance of friction-welded AISI304L grade stainless steel joints   Order a copy of this article
    by K. Umanath, K. Palanikumar 
    Abstract: In the welding of austenitic stainless steel (ASS) rods of an AISI304L grade, the significant issues are hot breaking and loss of erosion resistance. To resolve these problems, the solid state friction welding is the best method, and testing is required for the process. In this research work, friction-welded AISI304L rods of 10 mm diameter have used for conducting the experimental testing of tensile strength, fatigue strength, hardness strength and temperature transformation during the friction welding. The results show that the maximum tensile strength of the friction-welded joint is 532 MPa, which is equivalent to 94.16% of the base metals' tensile strength. The fatigue strength of the notched specimens is lower than that of un-notched specimens owing to the high crack propagation in the notched specimens.
    Keywords: AISI304L alloys; friction welding; temperature analysis; fatigue strength; stainless steel.

  • Research on vehicle location-distribution problem based on uncertain demand and low carbon emission   Order a copy of this article
    by Pei Wang, Xiaodong Zhang, Han Boling, Lang Maoxiang 
    Abstract: Global warming is a major problem and challenge faced by mankind in the 21st century, and CO2 produced by anthropogenic activities is the main reason for exacerbating the greenhouse effect. Logistics and supply chain are important parts of today's economic activities and the main sources of air pollution and carbon emission. However, reasonable location of manufacturing plants and distribution centres can improve operation efficiency, shorten distribution distance and reduce carbon emission. Therefore, we take the location-distribution problem as a research object in this paper. This problem should combine with uncertain demand and carbon emission to conform to reality. In this paper, a bi-objective mathematical model, including the objectives of minimum cost and carbon emission, is established. Methods for measuring carbon emission quantitatively from plants and distribution are proposed. Constraints of the model take uncertain demand into account, and the scenario analysis method is used to deal with uncertain demands. Finally, the validity of the model is verified by an example. The results show that the greater the uncertainty of demand is, the more cost an enterprise should pay for resources to meet with customers needs, resulting in more carbon emission. Also, three stages existing in the relationship between cost and carbon emission are put forward, and some suggestions about location and distribution for each stage are given.
    Keywords: location-distribution problem; bi-objective model; uncertain demand; carbon emission; scenario analysis.

  • Design and SAM analysis of reconfigurable four-legged mechanism using single degree of freedom   Order a copy of this article
    by A. Krishnaraju, Abdul Zubar 
    Abstract: A number of examples of walking equipment integrated with heavy vehicle systems and robots have been conceived, measured and built in the last 25 years to occupy modern fields of application. Compared with wheeled equipment, legged and walking machines show the advantage that they can act in highly unstructured terrain without having to prepare this terrain in advance by streets or rails. Legged robots cross obstacles more easily and depend upon the environmental situations. In this paper, a proposed kinematic four-legged model design is made by linkages using a single degree of freedom (DOF), then the paper performs the modelling and kinematic analysis of a reconfigurable four-legged walking mechanism driven by manual or a single actuator using SAM analyser software. A four-bar walking mechanism can be observed by different link lengths in path movements, velocity, and acceleration. In particular, a suitable model of the leg design and also kinematic analysis has been analysed. One of the most important concepts of this research is the desired simplicity of the four-legged walking mechanism.
    Keywords: degrees of freedom; integrated system; heavy vehicle system; path trajectory; SAM analyser; simulation; walking equipment; stability.

  • Investigation of mechanical, morphological studies and electrochemical micro-holing process parameters on Al6061-SiC-Gr hybrid metal matrix composites   Order a copy of this article
    by P. Satishkumar, N. Natarajan, S. Dharmalingam, S. Pitchandi 
    Abstract: In recent years, the aluminium alloy based (or) combined metal matrix composites (MMC) have played an important role in aerospace and automobile applications. They have good finer mechanical properties than conventional alloys, which increase their mechanical and chemical properties. This paper investigates a methodology for the optimisation of the electrochemical machining parameters on micro-holing of Al6061 + (6 Wt% SiC + 4 Wt% Gr) hybrid composites. The analysis of variance and Taguchi methodology (L27 orthogonal array) are used to study the influence of electrochemical micromachining parameters such as frequency, machining voltage, and electrolyte concentration on the material removal rate and overcut. In this present work, Al6061 has been taken as main matrix material combined with silicon carbide and graphite of size 15 to 30μm. Composite materials Al6061 + 6 Wt% SiC, Al6061 + 4 Wt% Gr and hybrid composite material Al6061 + (6 Wt% SiC + 4 Wt% Gr) are formed by a stir casting method, at a temperature of 540
    Keywords: Al6061; graphite; silicon carbide; stir casting; electrochemical micromachining; mechanical properties; material removal rate; overcut; Taguchi methodology.

  • An experimental investigation on the performance of a CI engine when using LTC with a blend of diesel, biodiesel and ethanol   Order a copy of this article
    by R. T. Sarath Babu, M. Kannan 
    Abstract: There is a rising concentration in many different countries to look for alternative fuels that are environmentally friendly. Vegetable oils are close to the properties of diesel fuels. In this study, mahua oil (Madhuca Indica) is transesterified with methanol using sodium hydroxide as a catalyst to obtain mahua oil methyl ester. The level of pollutants, such as NOx and particulates, present in the exhaust gas of the diesel engine is high. The present study is mainly aimed at reducing the emission level by way of using biodiesel as fuel. The Low Temperature Combustion method (LTC) is employed by using Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and tests performed with fuels consisting of 20% biodiesel and 5% ethanol blended with diesel. The work is carried out in two phases: one with EGR and the other without EGR. A 30% level of exhaust gas is used for conducting experiments. It is inferred from the study that the pollutant level in the exhaust is significantly reduced and, in addition, the efficiency of the engine is also increased.
    Keywords: low temperature combustion; biodiesel; exhaust gas recirculation; ethanol fuel; mahua oil.

  • An investigation on the fatigue performance of austempered ductile iron steering knuckle   Order a copy of this article
    by Sivaraj Madhusudhanan, I. Rajendran 
    Abstract: The steering knuckle is one of the important components that connect the wheel in a car to the steering system; it is subject to time-varying load during its life, leading to fatigue failure. This study reports on the fatigue performance of the ADI material. SG iron is made up of three compositions, without alloying elements (X), SG +0.22% of nickel (X1) and SG+ 0.34% of nickel (X2). Three set of knuckles were heat treated and specimens were cut from the steering arm and converted into test sample (tensile and fatigue) form. The tensile test and fatigue test were done using 250 KN UTM machine and axial fatigue machine at constant load condition for different loads, respectively. The corresponding cycle stresses were recorded up to breakage and S-N curves drawn. The same composition of steering knuckle was used for component level fatigue test at a load of
    Keywords: steering knuckle; austempering; ADI; SG iron; fatigue.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2017.10011882
  • Parametric analysis of axial flux HUB motor for electric vehicles in rural areas   Order a copy of this article
    by Jency Joseph, Albert Victoire T. Aruldoss, F.T. Josh 
    Abstract: Heavy vehicle transportation in rural areas decreases the load factor and the transportation efficiency because of the size of the vehicle. Transportation efficiency in rural areas can be improved by reducing the size of the propulsion system in electric vehicles. A pancake-shaped axial flux permanent magnet brushless DC motor is proposed here which has compact size. The FEM and the Matlab/Simulink models have been developed to analyse its performance. A 2.75 kW motor has been designed using ANSYS Maxwell to extract the machine parameters, such as armature resistance, armature inductance, the weights of the stator and rotor, and the density. The torque-speed characteristics of the motor have been analysed by varying the motor parameters, snubber parameters and load. Optimum performance of the AFPM motor has been obtained at the value of 2.4 Ω of armature resistance and the moment of inertia of 20.8e-3 kg-m2
    Keywords: axial flux permanent magnet motor; armature inductance; snubber resistance; electric vehicle.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2017.10011039
  • Anomalies detection from video surveillance using support vector trained deep neural network classifier   Order a copy of this article
    by S. Giriprasad, S. Mohan, S. Gokul 
    Abstract: Intelligent video surveillance plays a crucial role in various applications for detecting abnormal activities. The surveillance system uses many significant technologies for detecting the anomalies in the different applications but it fails to manage the accuracy while detecting the anomalies from huge crowd. This paper introduces an effective image processing technology based classifier for recognising and detecting the abnormality from the crowd in an effective manner. Initially the videos are captured with the help of the surveillance camera, and the background has been subtracted using the robust background principal analysis method. After extracting the background from the image, the different principal bow sifts descriptors are extracted. From the extracted descriptors, the similar descriptors are grouped using the bee based collaborative filtering approach. Finally the anomaly classification is done by support vector machine training based deep neural networks. Then the excellence of the system is evaluated with the help of the implementation results which use the highway traffic database and PV parked vehicle surveillance database and the obtained results are compared with the traditional classifiers
    Keywords: Intelligent video surveillance; robust background principal analysis; principal bow sift descriptors; bee based collaborative filtering approach; support vector machine training based deep neural network.

  • Adaptive mobility-based intelligent decision-making system for driver behaviour prediction with motion nanosensor in VANET   Order a copy of this article
    by S. Cloudin, P. Mohan Kumar 
    Abstract: VANET offers a dedicated short range wireless communication among vehicles on the road and to roadside units. This technology primarily aims to ensure road safety by disseminating safety information to nearby vehicles to alert drivers or control vehicles to avoid road accidents. The alertness of the driver influences the safety on the road. This paper contributes towards an intelligent decision-making system based on the driver behaviour under normal, reckless, fatigue and drunken conditions, and develops a mobility model to adapt these Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier behaviours. Attributes such as speed, accelerometer, alcohol and eye blink values are fed to the Mega Trend Diffusion (MTD) function and the attributes are merged and classified. The basic decisions are made by a Fuzzy Interference System (FIS), which is used to find the driver behaviour and an appropriate decision will be taken for SVM classification. According to the behaviour of the driver, the speed and direction of the vehicle will be affected and it will be reflected in the mobility pattern of other vehicles. In this work, we use a motion nanosensor for control of the driver behaviour.
    Keywords: VANET; driver behaviour; SVM; mega trend diffusion; fuzzy interference system; motion nanosensor.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2017.10014140
  • Investigation of energy availability for vapour absorption refrigeration system from engine exhaust   Order a copy of this article
    by A. Balasubramanian, J. Venkatesan, G. Nagarajan, B. Gautham 
    Abstract: Today, automobiles use the technology of a vapour compression system to run the air conditioning system that is required to cool the occupants and keep them in an optimal temperature range. However, the rising fuel cost and the load limit on the combustion engines are disadvantages. The thermal efficiency of the internal combustion engine is only about 30-40%, and the exhaust gases carry a significant amount of heat as waste. Approximately 15% of all the electricity produced in the whole world is employed in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. If the heat carried away by the exhaust gases is trapped and converted into usable energy, the overall efficiency of an engine can be improved. The percentage of heat energy rejected to the environment through the exhaust is approximately 25-35% of the energy supplied by the fuel and varies with engine load and speed. The present work is aimed at recovering the waste heat that is used for running the automotive air conditioner working on the Vapour Absorption Refrigeration (VAR) system, replacing the vapour compression system. The generator of VAR is made to work on heat carried away by engine exhaust, which will improve the overall efficiency of the internal combustion engine. The exhaust gases from most passenger cars carry 2.5 kW to 10 kW of heat energy at different operating conditions.
    Keywords: waste heat; generator; VAR; triple fluid; exhaust gas.

  • Secure and compact implementation of optimised Montgomery multiplier based elliptic curve cryptography on FPGA with road vehicular traffic collecting protocol for VANET application   Order a copy of this article
    by S. Baskar, V.R. Sarma Dhulipala 
    Abstract: Nowadays, vehicular communication has a crucial role in vehicular adhoc networks (VANET) because it helps to gather several details such as traffic, accidents, vehicle identification, etc. Among the various details, traffic information helps to improve people's lifestyle without making any delay. This paper introduces the Road Vehicular Traffic Collecting (RVTC) protocol for collecting traffic information on roadside units. The collected information is transmitted to the users via a message including congestion details and own query related velocity (which helps to improve their travelling), but the main factor is security, which leads to reducing the entire vehicular communication process but also leads to longer delay and greater energy use. For overcoming these issues, optimised Montgomery multiplier based Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) is used for maintaining the security. During the information transmission, the message is encrypted by adding the carry select adder (CSLA) based modular operation process in the Montgomery multiplier, which reduces the entire architecture design area and also maintains the information confidentiality with high security by consuming low energy while transmitting the information. In addition to this, the traffic collecting routing protocol maintains the information quality from a particular area to a destination location. The efficiency of the traffic information system is evaluated with the help of simulation results and targeted on Altera DE-2 FPGA (field programmable gate array).
    Keywords: vehicular adhoc networks; road vehicular traffic collecting protocol; optimised Montgomery multiplier based elliptic curve cryptography; carry select adder.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2017.10015403

Special Issue on: Intelligent Transportation Techniques for Vehicle Tracking and Accident Identification Systems

  • Design and implementation of a 31 level asymmetrical cascaded MLI with DC-DC flyback converter for photovoltaic system using P&O technique for electric traction application   Order a copy of this article
    by Gowri Shankar, Belwin Edward 
    Abstract: This paper proposes a design and implementation of 31-level MLI (Multi-Level Inverter) supplied from a single solar panel with multi-output flyback converter for transformer-less railway traction drive. Four different kinds of DC voltage are made from the converter. The converter provides isolation for the circuit and also produces four different kinds of supply voltage based on the transformer turns ratio. Both symmetrical and asymmetrical MLI are used in this method. In the case of the symmetrical MLI, the magnitudes of the DC source are equal i.e., 60 Vdc, 60 Vdc,60 Vdc and 60 Vdc, whereas in asymmetrical MLI the DC source magnitudes are unequal and designed with a binary form of voltage, such as 15 Vdc,30 Vdc, 60 Vdc and 120 Vdc. Relating both the MLI, the asymmetrical MLI produces the same number of output voltage levels and power semiconductor switches. The phase Disposition Pulse Width Modulation (PD-PWM) technique is used for controlling the power semiconductor switches in MLI. In this proposed technique, we are using a single solar panel and single flyback converter, from which four DC output voltages are obtained in the ratio of 1:2:4:8. Our proposed technique requires fewer switches, i.e. seven switches for more levels, i.e. 31 levels, and it also gives less total harmonic distortion (THD). These are the main advantages of this proposed technique. The results are verified in MATLAB, PROTEUS and real-time system. This eliminates the need for a transformer in the railway traction drives and also results in a reduction in the THD of the voltage to be supplied to the traction motors.
    Keywords: traction; PV system; MLI; DC-DC converter.

  • Study on vehicle driving state and parameters estimation based on triple cubature Kalman filter   Order a copy of this article
    by Gang Li, Dongsheng Fan, Ye Wang, Ruichun Xie 
    Abstract: For the problem of vehicle driving state and parameter estimation in the process of vehicle driving, the vehicle state and parameter estimation algorithms are studied based on the triple cubature Kalman filter. The nonlinear three degrees of freedom model with Dugoff tyre model is established. The vehicle driving state estimator, road adhesion coefficient estimator and vehicle parameter estimator are designed based on the theory of triple cubature Kalman filter. In order to estimate the driving state and parameters accurately, the three estimators connect to each other in the process of the estimation and form a closed-loop feedback in real time. The estimation algorithms are verified based on the driving simulator. The serpentine docking road conditions with changes speed are selected to verify the estimation algorithms based on the driving simulator in-loop simulation test. The experiments' results show that the vehicle driving state and parameters are estimated accurately by the estimation algorithms.
    Keywords: Dugoff tyre; driving simulator in-loop simulation experiment; road friction coefficient; triple cubature Kalman filter; vehicle driving state; vehicle parameters.

  • Research on intelligent transportation system based on internet of things   Order a copy of this article
    by Maozhu Jin, Qian Zhang, Hua Wang, Yuan Yuan 
    Abstract: Intelligent energy-saving systems and intelligent transportation systems are indispensable applications in ordinary people's lives. Therefore, it is particularly important to apply the internet of things technology to these two typical scenarios. The key technologies are fully investigated in this paper, and a intelligent energy-saving prototype system has been designed. At the same time, this paper focuses on the two core issues of traffic, and studies the two core technologies in intelligent transportation. Firstly, this paper introduces the research background of this topic, and then presents an overview of the internet of things, intelligent energy-saving system and intelligent transportation system. Next, this paper introduces the core technology and prototype system design of intelligent energy-saving system in the internet of things from four aspects, including system structure, hardware design, software design and test results.
    Keywords: internet of things; intelligent transportation system.

  • Research on application of artificial intelligence model in automobile machinery control system   Order a copy of this article
    by Xiuyu Chen 
    Abstract: In order to improve the kinematics and ride comfort of the vehicle suspension system, this paper combines the ADAMS software with the artificial intelligence optimisation algorithm to simulate and optimise the suspension system of a certain type of off-road vehicle. The front suspension 1/2 virtual prototype model is established in ADAMS/View, and the kinematics analysis of the prototype model is made. In order to improve the kinematics characteristics of the front suspension, the genetic algorithm and the immune algorithm are used to optimise the positioning parameters of the front suspension based on the kinematics analysis of the suspension. The dynamic model of the whole vehicle is established in ADAMS/View, and the vehicle ride comfort is simulated and calculated. The spring stiffness and shock absorber damping of the rear suspension are optimised by using the immune algorithm, and the purpose of improving the ride comfort of the vehicle is realised.
    Keywords: artificial intelligence; automobile; mechanical control system.

  • RMF-based target position estimation and collision probability forecasting technique in freeway junctions   Order a copy of this article
    by Pappan Sathiya, P. Anandhakumar 
    Abstract: Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians lead to brutal loss of life and assets on Indian roads. Accidents happen due to individuals' negligence and misjudgment of the speed of vehicles at freeway junctions. In this paper, a novel feature extraction technique is used for estimating the target position and to update the trajectory information. A vision-based technique is incorporated to acquire the target information in a simple and cost-effective method to examine the targets current position. Moreover, a distribution-based evaluation method is introduced to calculate the degree of conflict and to avoid crashes by alerting the target. The experimental results of the proposed technique reveal an improved performance of 9% in detection rate for public datasets over the existing GMM method. The proposed probabilistic collision avoidance system could be implemented on highways to reduce the accidents to a greater extent.
    Keywords: probability distribution; RMF feature vector; target interaction; time of collision; virtual line.

  • A high strength and wear-resisting AA5083 alloy for armoured vehicle applications: structure property correlation   Order a copy of this article
    by T. Venugopal, P. Chandramohan 
    Abstract: Presently AA-5083 aluminum alloy is commonly applied in army land systems as it has demonstrated a record of protection from corrosion and great welding qualities. An alloy with high strength is constantly desired without increasing the weight to enhance the performance of armoured vehicles. In this study, an ultrafine-grained (UFG) structure is developed using equal channel angular pressing (ECAP), and its effects under route RA on the microstructural evolution, hardness, compression and wear behaviour of the AA-5083 alloy are studied. The ECAPed AA-5083 alloy exhibits the microstructural refinement of the base alloy. The grain size of the starting (as received) material is 56μm whereas the ECAPed AA-5083 exhibits the UFG sizes of ~4μm along the extrusion direction (ED) and ~5μm along the transverse direction (TD). The influence of microstructural refinement is corroborated with the hardness, compression and wear behaviour of the base AA-5083 alloy. The ECAPed AA-5083 alloy exhibits higher compressive strength (ED-351MPa and TD-339MPa) than the base alloy (144MPa). However, the ductility of the TD is low compared with the ED owing to the influence of compounds present in the microstructures. The strain hardening rate of the compressive stress-strain have been analysed and confirms the existence of stage-III and stage-IV. The wear studies have been performed to understand the influence of grain size on the wear behaviour. The Taguchi L9 orthogonal array was employed to perform the wear studies. Interestingly, the wear resistance of ECAPed (ED) alloy is superior to those of the TD and the base alloy. It is attributed to the finer grain size and distribution of finer particles along the grain boundary, which restricts the wear of the material. The as-processed alloys were further analysed using microhardness test. The maximum hardness of the ECAPed(ED) alloy is 138
    Keywords: AA-5083; ECAP; wear; compression and hardness; armoured vehicles; ultrafine grain.

  • Automotive industry application of aluminium-based hybrid metal matrix composite   Order a copy of this article
    by P. Ramesh, M. Nataraj 
    Abstract: Monolithic materials cannot fulfill the demands for the advanced industrial requirements. Therefore, composite materials that possess the combined properties of different constituents are developed. The composites give a combination of desired properties, such as ductility, toughness, high strength and high modulus, so it is necessary to develop a material that will have low volume loss, increased service life, and less wear rate, for its use where there is a relative motion between components such as reciprocating or rotary elements found in machinery and automotive components. The basic requirements in the engine industry, which are major driving forces for developing and implementing new materials, are reduction of fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. Aluminium and other light metals have lower density compared with the standard materials used in the engine industry (grey cast iron and steel). Their use reduces mass, and increases the efficiency, and thus satisfies the basic requirements on fuel economy and vehicle emissions. Unfortunately their tribological properties are not satisfactory, which limits their application in manufacturing the tribo mechanical components. One of the possible solutions for this problem is use of Aluminium Metal Matrix Composites (Al MMCs). In this experimental work, Aluminium 6061 was used as matrix and Al2O3, SiC and E glass short fibres were used as the reinforcement material. The stir casting technique was used to fabricate the composites for reducing the porosity and minimising the casting defects. The samples were then tested for tribological properties using pin-on-disc tester at different sliding speeds, loads and sliding distance. Experimental result shows that the wear rate was decreased when increasing the reinforcements. This investigation concluded that the load and sliding speed are expanded to increase the wear rate but by developing the sliding distance the wear rate is decreased. The least wear rate is obtained with the composition of 70% weight proportion of Al 6061, 15% weight fraction of Al2O3, 9% weight fraction of SiC, and 6% weight fraction of E glass short fibre.
    Keywords: MMCs; Al2O3; SiC; E glass fibre; stir casting.

  • Failure analysis of leaf spring suspension system for heavy load truck vehicle   Order a copy of this article
    by M. Nataraj, S. Thillikkani 
    Abstract: The failure of the leaf spring suspension system used in heavy load truck vehicle TATA LPT 1613TCIC model was investigated. In order to analyse this failure, the variations in the chemical compositional and micro-structural analysis along with material specification have been studied. The leaf spring fractured part was analysed by using a visual inspection technique and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis. Based on the fractography study, it was deduced that the failure of the fractured part was due to the cyclic load. Such loads lead to fatigue growth on the leaf spring model of TATA LPT 1613TCIC truck vehicle. Then finite element analysis of the leaf spring was carried out to find out the root cause of the failure of the leaf spring suspension system. The failure parameters were also optimised for the model of the TATA LPT 1613TCIC truck vehicle on the road drive safe operation. The fatigue life of the modified leaf spring has increased in comparison with the existing leaf spring lifecycles.
    Keywords: leaf spring; finite element analysis; scanning electron microscope; fatigue life.

  • Response surface methodology based on polyamide incorporated with biolubricant for optimisation of operating parameters in heavy vehicles   Order a copy of this article
    by J. Narendran, T. Karthikeyan 
    Abstract: In this paper, the coefficient of friction and wear of pure and filled polyamide incorporated with and without biolubrication prediction models based on response surface methodology (RSM) are exhibited. The models were developed based on three-level design of experiments conducted on pure polyamides, such as Polyamide6, Polyamide66 and filled polyamides such as Polyamide66 filled with Glass Fiber 30 and Polyamide66 filled with molybdenum disulphide. The load, speed and sliding distance are considered as process parameters. Numerical models of second order RSM clearly show that the prediction capabilities of RSM models are more desirable. This implementation is leading to the identification of insignificant main factors and contact factors or insignificant quadratic expressions in the model, and in this manner can diminish the complication of the problem.
    Keywords: polyamides; RSM; soybean oil; rice bran oil.