Determining Maximum Acceleration Parameters for Vehicle – Trailer Combinations
Jan Tvarozek, Zuzana Jamrichova

Abstract
The paper is devoted to the trailer combination starting, in particular to the method of determining the trailer acceleration while starting. The characteristics of the combination, in particular those related to the joint of a towing vehicle and a trailer affect the trailer combinations while starting. While starting, both vehicles start oscillating and the trailer acceleration can reach high values. We have determined the value of the first maximum acceleration of the towing vehicle and the trailer maximum acceleration both numerically and graphically. Moreover, the paper attempts to identify how the characteristics of both the combination and joint may influence the maximum acceleration rate of the trailer. Last but not least, the applied experimental method is explained.

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