Title: Field tests and validation of dynamical models of tank vehicles Part I: mathematical model and experimental apparatus

Authors: F. Bottiglione; G. Mantriota

Addresses: Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Ambiente e per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, Politecnico di Bari, via A. De Gasperi s/n, Taranto 74100, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Ambiente e per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, Politecnico di Bari, via A. De Gasperi s/n, Taranto 74100, Italy

Abstract: This paper presents an experimental investigation of the handling performances of an articulated vehicle carrying liquid cargo. The test vehicle consists of a car with a single-axle trailer carrying a cylindrical tank, fully instrumented to measure the interested parameters of vehicle dynamics and liquid-vehicle interactions. An original device for the visualisation of the liquid free surface inside the tank is also described. Besides, the authors present a simplified model of articulated vehicle carrying liquid cargo and a comparison between experimental data and model results.

Keywords: tank vehicles; sloshing; experimental tests; articulated vehicles; dynamic modelling; mathematical modelling; road tankers; handling performance; vehicle handling; vehicle dynamics; liquid-vehicle interaction; liquid cargoes.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHVS.2012.045757

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 2012 Vol.19 No.1, pp.1 - 22

Available online: 03 Mar 2012 *

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