A passive multiple trailer system with off-axle hitching

Jae Hyoung Lee, Woojin Chung, Munsang Kim, Jae Bok Song

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This paper deals with the design and control of passive multiple trailer systems for practical applications. Due to the cost and complexity of the trailer mechanism, passive systems are preferred to active systems in this research. The design and control objective is to minimize the trajectory tracking errors occurring in passive multiple trailers. Three sorts of passive trailer systems, off-hooked, direct-hooked, and three-point, are discussed in this paper. Trajectory tracking performance and stability issues under constant curvature reference trajectories are investigated for these three types. As well, various simulations and experiments have been performed for each type. It is shown that the proposed off-hooked trailer system produces a tracking performance that is superior to the others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-297
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Control, Automation and Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Sept


  • Link parameter
  • Off-hooked trailer
  • Passive trailer
  • Trajectory tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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