Prototyping a System for Truck Differential Lock Control
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The article deals with the development of a mechatronic system for locking vehicle differentials. An important benefit of this system is that it prevents the jamming of the vehicle in difficult adhesion conditions. The system recognizes such a situation much sooner than the driver and is able to respond immediately, ensuring smooth driving in off-road or snowy conditions. This article describes the control algorithm of this mechatronic system, which is designed for firefighting, military, or civilian vehicles with a drivetrain configuration of up to 10 × 10, and also explains the input signal processing and the control of actuators. The main part of this article concerns prototype testing on a vehicle. The results are an evaluation of one of the many experiments and monitor the proper function of the developed mechatronic system.
Keywordssensors, mechatronic system, truck, differential lock, prototyping, language C, NI VeriStand
Document typePeer reviewed
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SourceSENSORS. 2019, vol. 19, issue 16, p. 1-18.