Title: Load movement control system for rollover risk reduction of tanker trucks

Authors: A. Cammarata, G. La Rosa, A. Pellegrino, A. Risitano

Addresses: Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Meccanica, Universita degli studi di Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Meccanica, Universita degli studi di Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Meccanica, Universita degli studi di Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Meccanica, Universita degli studi di Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy

Abstract: In this paper a proposal for a control system that provides liquid cargo movement from one side to another is made. The system acts to minimise the effects of lateral load transfer and fluid oscillation. This consists of a main tank, two lateral tanks, regulators and a set of electropumps effecting the movement of the fluid. According to literature, in order to assess the risk of rollover, a normalised lateral load transfer has been used. Simulations of the lateral load transfer response have also been carried out to assess the improvements in lateral stability of the vehicle.

Keywords: rollover risks; risk reduction; tanker trucks; fluid sloshing; partially filled tankers; Simulink; lateral load transfer; fluid oscillation; load movement control; liquid cargo; simulation; lateral stability; vehicle stability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2011.041598

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 2011 Vol.18 No.3, pp.303 - 321

Published online: 27 Jul 2011 *

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