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Essentials of Vehicle Dynamics by Joop Pauwelussen

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Chapter Four

Kinematic Steering

Chapter 4 discusses the low-speed maneuverability of vehicles where tire shear forces can be neglected, also known as kinematic steering. Some specific steering mechanism designs are discussed (including rack and pinion) with varied design parameters to illustrate the design sensitivity. This is then extended to articulated car–trailer combinations.

Keywords

Kinematic steering; Ackermann steering; Ackermann share; maneuverability; articulated vehicle

In Chapters 4 and 5, attention is paid to vehicle behavior. This chapter discusses when tire forces are neglected, which is usually referred to as Ackermann steering. Chapter 5 covers handling and stability behavior.

4.1 Axis Systems and Notations

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