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RR291 - Development of theoretical model for simulating FLT overturn - Rate of steering response - Fixed geometry vehicle

The work builds on work previously undertaken for HSE that looked at the stability of fork lift trucks under steady state cornering conditions. The model has demonstrated the two features that were of particular interest, namely the effect of rear wheel steering on the path taken and the effect of rate of change of steer angle on stability.

The model is able to rapidly analyse the stability of a wide configuration of trucks under different steering manoeuvres and can give an insight into the mechanisms involved in fork lift truck rollover.

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Updated 2010-03-19