A Lateral Stability Monitor for Two Wheeled Tractor – Trailer System
Divaker Chelladurai

Divaker Chelladurai, Department of Agricultural and Processing Sciences, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education College, Krishnankoil (Tamil Nadu), India.
Manuscript received on 05 December 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 24 December 2019 | Manuscript Published on 31 December 2019 | PP: 1015-1019 | Volume-8 Issue-4S2 December 2019 | Retrieval Number: D11981284S219/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.D1198.1284S219
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Abstract: The tractor and two wheeled trailer combination being the most popular load carrying vehicle of the Indian farms, is often susceptible to serious accidents due to lateral roll over. A simple PIC based lateral stability monitor was developed from basic principles for the tractor trailer combo. The system uses a commercial tilt sensor to detect the roll angle, a potentio-metric sensor to sense the turning radius and a hall effect sensor to measure the speed of travel. The control code calculates the lateral stability ratio and compares it to the stability limits. The code cautions the operator visually and audibly to take evasive action well before instability occurs. The monitor was tested in the field under various sloping terrains, turning speeds and payloads, and was found to function satisfactorily.
Keywords: Lateral Stability, PIC Based Monitor, Tilt Sensor, Tractor-Trailer System.
Scope of the Article: Social Sciences