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The Mechanics of Heavy Duty Trucks and Truck Combinations - A Four Day Professional Development Course: 7-10 July, 2014

The Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium (CVDC) is pleased to present a four day event focussed on the dynamics of heavy goods vehicles. The event will include the definitive UMTRI course on heavy truck dynamics as well as hardware and software demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

See course web page for more details...

Slip Control Braking Vehicle Tests Completed

Researchers in the CVDC recently completed the first set of full scale straight-line braking tests on the CVDC's new slip control braking system.

The team was led by Leon Henderson and the work was performed in collaboration with Haldex Brake Products Ltd.  The CVDC's tri-axle semitrailer was fitted with the new system and tested on a range of low friction surfaces at the MIRA vehicle testing facility near Nuneaton, UK.  The measurements compared the emergency braking performance of the CVDC’s slip control braking system and a commercially available antilock braking system (ABS) for heavy goods vehicle (HGVs). Results showed that stopping distances could, on average, be reduced by 16% using the new system. Air use was also reduced by 50%; providing scope to potentially use smaller air reservoirs on HGVs. A short video showing the emergency braking performance of the two systems’ on a surface with friction properties similar to ice can be seen on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HYMrfERIAA). Further HGV braking trials using the new system are being planned for 2014, when it is hoped to obtain even better stopping performance. More information about the technology can be found at:  http://www-cvdc.eng.cam.ac.uk/directory/research-themes/investigation-of-abs-strategies-for-heavy-vehicles

Advanced Braking Technology featured in Transport Engineer

Advanced Braking Technology: Cover Story of 'Transport Engineer' February 2013

The cover story of the February 2013 issue of Transport Engineer features the CVDC's advanced vehicle braking technology.  Read the article here.

Anthony Best Dynamics Joins the CVDC

CVDC is pleased to announce Anthony Best Dynamics (ABD) as the newest member of the consortium.

ABD produce advanced testing systems for the global motor industry for a wide range of applications.  Their products include steering robots and suspension measurement rigs, to name a few.

Professor David Cebon, Director of the CVDC said "ABD are leading suppliers of advanced testing systems for the motor industry.  They will be a huge asset to the consortium"

As part of their associate membership, the CVDC has a acquired an SR30 steering robot which will be used for testing in a variety of research projects.

Volvo Donates Tractor Unit to CVDC

The CVDC was delighted to receive a new FH12 tractor unit from Volvo Trucks during the CVDC meeting in September 2012.
Volvo Donates Tractor Unit to CVDC

David Cebon with the keys to the new truck, presented by Inge Johansson of Volvo

During the September 2012 Consortium meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, the CVDC was presented with a new FH12 tractor unit by the hosts, Volvo Trucks.

On receiving the new tractor unit, Professor David Cebon, Director of CVDC, remarked: "The type of work we do in the CVDC is critically dependent on having the capability to do full scale testing of heavy vehicles.  We are indebted to Volvo for their generous gift which will allow us to continue this work for the foreseeable future."

The Volvo tractor unit was shipped to its new home near Cambridge in early November, where the research team has begun instrumenting and equipping it for its new role as research work-horse.

Volvo Trucks has been a key member of the CVDC since 1996, and donated a red FH12 tractor unit in 2000.  In its more than 10 years’ service, the red tractor has played a pivotal role in many of the CVDC’s research projects, including semi-active suspensionactive roll control; and active trailer steering.  Currently, researchers in the CVDC are investigating a number of aspects for heavy goods vehicles, innovating in: advanced ABS systems, regenerative braking, autonomous reversing, accident avoidance and use of long combination vehicles off-highway.  The new truck will be pressed into service on all of these projects.  The overall aim is to make heavy goods vehicles safer, more economical, and more fuel efficient.

Wincanton Joins the CVDC

CVDC is pleased to announce Wincanton as the newest member of the consortium.

Wincanton is a British logistics company which is a leading provider of supply chain solutions, with more than 16,00 logistics experts at 250 sites across the UK and Ireland.

Professor David Cebon, Director of the CVDC said "With over 80 years of experience and more than 4,000 vehicles, Wincanton makes a great addition to the CVDC. Logistics is a growing area of research for the CVDC, and Wincanton's support will be important for these projects."

SDC Trailers Joins CVDC

CVDC is pleased to announce SDC as the newest member of the consortium.

Originally a Northern Ireland based company; SDC has expanded to become one of the leading trailer manufacturers in Europe with over 30 years of experience in the industry.

Professor David Cebon, Director of the CVDC said “SDC is a key missing piece in the CVDC puzzle.  Trailers form a huge part of our research and the expertise of such a prominent trailer manufacturer will prove invaluable in future projects."

CVDC Represented at EuroBrake 2012

Leon Henderson presented his latest work on HGV slip control at EuroBrake 2012 in Dresden.

Leon Henderson presented his latest work titled ‘Design and implementation of a high-bandwidth pneumatic actuator for heavy vehicle slip control’ at EuroBrake 2012 in Dresden. The three day conference was attended by over 600 delegates from the braking industry and also included a tour of Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory.

CVDC Meeting September 2011

The CVDC had its bi-annual meeting at the headquarters of Poclain Hydraulics in Verberie, France. The consortium discussed research performed over the last 6 months, and future directions.
CVDC Meeting September 2011

The CVDC members at Poclain Hydraulics

Poclain Hydraulics Headquarters, Verberie, France 14/09/2011

The CVDC held its September meeting at the headquarters of Poclain Hydraulics, one of the newest members of the Consortium. This was also the first meeting for Tridec, another new member to the consortium.

The University researchers presented their work over the last six months encompassing areas such as whole life pavement modelling, vulnerable road users, advanced ABS and regenerative braking.  Future research directions were also discussed, and possible future projects were suggested.

During a break in the proceedings Poclain demonstrated various display vehicles to the members as well as giving a tour of their extensive laboratory facilities.

The full day's proceedings are available to the consortium members via the Members section of the website.

CVDC Represented at VPPC 2011

Will Midgley presented recent results of his research into regenerative braking for articulated heavy vehicles at the Vehicle Propulsion and Power Conference 2011 in Chicago, USA.

Will Midgley, a PhD student working with the CVDC, attended the biennial Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference in Chicago, USA. VPPC 2011 was sponsored by the IEEE and was a four day showcase of leading-edge research into vehicle power and alternative drivetrains, with plenary speakers and presenters from around the world.

Will's presentation was titled 'Specifying a Hydraulic Regenerative Braking System for an Articulated Urban Delivery Vehicle', and was well-received by the attendees.

CVDC Represented at IAVSD 2011

Leon Henderson presented some of his recent work on Tyre Dynamics and Slip-Control Braking at the 22nd International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks, held in Manchester, UK.

Leon Henderson, a PhD student working with the CVDC, recently attended the biennial IAVSD symposium in Manchester. IAVSD 2011 lasted five days and was attended by over 260 delegates from around the world. A range of conference papers and posters were presented relating to vehicle dynamics on road and tracks. Leon's presentation was titled "The Effects of Tyre Dynamics on Slip-Control Braking for HGVs". As well as presentation sessions, the conference included a reception at the Museum of Science and Technology, a day trip to Bentley Motors production facilities in Crewe and a formal banquet at the Manchester Town Hall.

Tridec B.V. joins the Consortium

CVDC is pleased to announce Tridec B.V. as the newest member of the consortium.

The CVDC is pleased to announce that Tridec B.V. has joined the Consortium.  Tridec is a world leader in development and manufacturing of mechanical and hydraulic steering systems and axle suspensions for all types of trailers.

David Cebon, Director of the CVDC said "We are delighted that Tridec has joined Team-CVDC.  Their vast experience in manufacture of steerable axles is complementary to CVDC's work on active steering.  We look forward to researching a range of innovative technologies together."

Poclain Hydraulics Joins the CVDC

CVDC is pleased to announce Poclain Hydraulics as the newest member of the consortium.

Cambridge, UK and Verberie, France 01/03/2011

Poclain brings 30 years of hydraulics experience in the development of innovative hydraulic motors for heavy-vehicle and agricultural applications. Poclain’s recent work on the French hybrid Irisbus project will make them an invaluable contributor to the hybrid vehicle/energy efficiency research that CVDC is undertaking. “Improving the energy efficiency of freight transport is a vital waypoint on the road to a sustainable economy,” said Professor David Cebon, Director of the CVDC. “Poclain Hydraulics brings a demonstrated commitment to hybrid vehicle research with the practical experience to see ideas translated into results.”

Poclain is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of hydrostatic transmissions with integrated cam lobe motors. From its headquarters in Verberie, France, Poclain manages a sales and manufacturing team of over 1500 people. Poclain has factories in France, the USA, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, India, and Italy, which distribute through a global network of over 150 distributors.

For more on Poclain, visit their website (http://www.poclain-hydraulics.com/). For further information on the CVDC, contact Professor David Cebon (dc@eng.cam.ac.uk) or visit the CVDC website (http://www.cvdc.org).

New CVDC Website Launched

The CVDC has upgraded its website in order to make it easier to use and navigate

The CVDC has upgraded its website to make the website easier to use, and easier to navigate. The website uses the new Falcon system administered by the University, and supports content management and also provides an RSS feed, to make it easier to keep up-to-date with the CVDC's cutting-edge research.

CVDC Announce Opening Speaker for the Technology Showcase 2010

The CVDC are pleased to announce Professor Brian Collins, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department of Transport, as the opening speaker for the upcoming Technology Showcase 2010.

CVDC Technology Showcase 2010

The CVDC is pleased to present a one-day event at MIRA, Nuneaton, UK. Do not miss a unique opportunity to see first-hand the recent advancements in heavy vehicle technology developed by the CVDC. The Technology Showcase will feature exhibits, vehicle demonstrations, project updates and panel discussions relating to heavy goods vehicles and the future of long-combination-vehicles in the UK and Europe. Vehicle demonstrations will include the CVDC’s own actively steered B-Double and Denby Transport Ltd’s ‘Eco-Link’ concept vehicle. New technologies will also be on display from Firestone Industrial Products, Haldex, Arvin Meritor, SimPack, Volvo and Goodyear. Tickets to the event are strictly limited and early registration is highly recommended.

CVDC: 2009 a Successful Year for Research

The Steering Committee of the CVDC met on Thursday, 8 April at the new Firestone Industrial Products Technical Center (FTC) in Arnhem, Netherlands. Seven of the CVDC’s member organizations met to discuss what was a successful year for research in the CVDC. This past year the CVDC produced 11 papers published in internationally reviewed journals or conferences.

David Cebon, Will Midgley, and Jonathan Miller talked about progress in MEng projects, the actively steered B-double project, regenerative braking of heavy vehicles, and an advanced pneumatic actuator for heavy-vehicle braking, respectively. Leon Henderson, a new postgraduate at Cambridge, made his CVDC debut and introduced his preliminary work on emergency braking strategies for heavy vehicles.

Arvin-Meritor, Firestone, Goodyear, Haldex, and Volvo all presented on new developments in their respective corporations at what was the first non-Firestone meeting held at the FTC. The FTC was first opened in 2008 and members were given a fascinating tour of the new facility.

The members in attendance approved the Core Program of Research for 2011, though uncertainty remains over the continuity of postdoctoral funding beyond this autumn.

The next CVDC meeting will be held in mid-October 2010 at MIRA, hosted by Haldex. This meeting promises to be a unique, 2-day session encompassing both a CVDC meeting and a demonstration of members’ experimental project vehicles.

Presentations from this meeting and the above mentioned papers are available in the Members’ Area.

Further information on the CVDC can be found here.

CVDC Work Illustrates the Balance of Competing Needs at International Conference

MELBOURNE, Australia

The results of CVDC-funded and other affiliated work was presented in March at the 11th Heavy Vehicle Transport Technology (HVTT) symposium in Melbourne, Victoria. Professor David Cebon and Will Goodrum presented results from work on the actively-steered B-double project, advanced pneumatics for heavy-vehicle braking, improving the energy efficiency of heavy vehicles, and a new method of modelling traffic for pavement damage calculations, to a cross-disciplinary audience of international experts. The theme of HVTT 11 was "balancing competing needs"; a task well understood and highlighted by the breadth of work and expertise of the members of the CVDC. Of primary concern for all attendees at HVTT 11 was seeing greater community engagement, environmental stewardship, and technological innovation by the heavy vehicle sector in the future. HVTT 11 was held in the State Library of Victoria from 14-16 March and was attended by 150 representatives from heavy vehicle companies, road transport authorities, and academia from around the world.

More information on HVTT 11 can be found on the conference website.

More information on the work presented by the CVDC at HVTT 11 can be found in our Members’ Area.

Reducing and Measuring Fuel Consumption, Without the Costs

Newly published work from the CVDC reveals that larger vehicle configurations are always more energy efficient when fully loaded. Although current trends in goods distribution are leaning towards centralised dispatch using smaller, 4-axle rigid trucks, this method of transportation was found to increase fuel consumption in an urban cycle by 35% as compared with using longer combination vehicles. Running partially laden vehicles increased fuel consumption per freight task by as much as 65%. Despite popularity in other research and European regulation, results from this study demonstrated that reducing aerodynamic drag and increasing engine efficiency net relatively small gains in fuel economy when compared with other factors, such as increasing vehicle size and using regenerative braking.

Researchers validated a simulation of HGV fuel consumption without expensive testing facilities using novel, simple, and common-sense experimental tests. The benchmarked mathematical model predicted the fuel consumption over a 4km drive cycle for a 37 tonne semi-trailer combination to within 1.4%. Work within the CVDC on the issue of energy efficient transportation is continuing to show which methods are effective, and which are just hot air.

More information on continuing work within CVDC on regenerative braking and other strategies for improving heavy vehicle energy efficiency can be found on the Projects page.

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The Mechanics of Heavy Duty Trucks and Truck Combinations - A Four Day Professional Development Course: 7-10 July, 2014

Jan 28, 2014

The Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium (CVDC) is pleased to present a four day event focussed on the dynamics of heavy goods vehicles. The event will include the definitive UMTRI course on heavy truck dynamics as well as hardware and software demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

Slip Control Braking Vehicle Tests Completed

Nov 06, 2013

Researchers in the CVDC recently completed the first set of full scale straight-line braking tests on the CVDC's new slip control braking system.

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Feb 12, 2013

Advanced Braking Technology: Cover Story of 'Transport Engineer' February 2013

Anthony Best Dynamics Joins the CVDC

Dec 03, 2012

CVDC is pleased to announce Anthony Best Dynamics (ABD) as the newest member of the consortium.

Volvo Donates Tractor Unit to CVDC

Nov 27, 2012

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