Determination of Wheel Trajectories

by Ezra Hauer, Lectuer; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Technion–Israel Inst. of Technol., Haifa, Israel,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 4, Pg. 463-470

Document Type: Journal Paper


The trajectory of the rear wheels of a vehicle with steerable front wheels follows from the solution of a differential equation. The differential equation is presented and solved exactly for the case when the front wheels follow straight or circular paths. Numerical and approximate solutions are given for transition curves. The resulting graphs and equations can be used for determination of taxiway width, fillets, minimal turning radii, and wing tip clearances.

Subject Headings: Differential equations | Vehicles | Numerical methods | Curvature | Airport and airfield pavements

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