Operating efficiency of heavy vehicles Online publication date: Tue, 18-Jun-2013
by Edward S.K. Fekpe
International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems (IJHVS), Vol. 2, No. 3/4, 1995
Abstract: A concept for assessing the efficiency of heavy vehicles is presented. The primary variables which define efficiency are: safety related dynamic performance measures, highway infrastructure damaging potential from heavy vehicle operations and trucking productivity. The six-axle tractor semitrailer truck with close-spaced tridem axle on the semitrailer is found to be the most efficient of the common heavy trucks in Canada. Generally, configurations with close-spaced tridem axle units exhibit good stability and control properties and high operational performance qualities. A truck configuration with adequate dynamic properties does not necessarily imply similar level of operational performance. Dynamic performance attributes do not appear to be a major consideration when truck operators select equipment. Major factors include, equipment versatility in commodity handling, perceived productivity advantage and loading restrictions.
Online publication date: Tue, 18-Jun-2013
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems (IJHVS):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:
Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.
If you still need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org