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Development of a Novel Steering Concept for Articulated Vehicles

  • Julian Wadephul
  • Danilo Engelmann
  • Philipp Kautzmann
  • Jürgen Römer
Research Steering

In conventional articulated steering vehicles, the swiveling of vehicle components is mostly achieved with hydraulic cylinders, which requires higher steering torque than conventional double pivot steering systems of vehicles of the same weight. The Vehicle Technology and Mobile Machines divisions of the Institute of Vehicle System Technology of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are implementing research projects investigating the added value of wheel-selective control of driving torques. Together with SHARE at KIT, a first proof of concept was planned and implemented for a vehicle without a steering actuator.

1 Motivation

In comparison to conventional vehicles, articulated steering vehicles consists of at least two individual sections. Changes in driving direction are achieved by horizontal swiveling of the vehicle sections by means of a link. In conventional articulated steering vehicles, this swiveling of vehicle components is mostly achieved with hydraulic cylinders,...



The authors are grateful to Professor Gauterin and Professor Geimer, both Institute of Vehicle System Technology at KIT. Thanks also to Pedro Romano for assisting in the implementation of the demonstrator vehicle. The authors also would like to thank the Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG for the continuous support for this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julian Wadephul
    • 1
  • Danilo Engelmann
    • 2
  • Philipp Kautzmann
    • 1
  • Jürgen Römer
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (SHARE at KIT)Germany
  2. 2.Bern University of Technique and Information TechnologySwitzerland

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