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In-service Evaluation of Onboard Brake Monitoring Device for Logging Trucks

This project assessed the reliability and acceptance of a brake temperature monitoring system to improve log truck safety. The technology is designed to alert drivers of the current condition and performance of service brakes allowing them to adjust braking applications as well as truck speed to control brake temperatures. The aim of this project was to demonstrate the reliability and acceptance of the technology

When logging trucks operate on steep forest roads, properly functioning brakes are critical. If brakes overheat, they can go out of adjustment and may malfunction. This project evaluated an onboard brake monitoring system that alerts drivers to high brake temperatures and other issues requiring adjustments to brakes and speed. The researchers installed the system in two different logging trucks on Vancouver Island and collected data on how the system functioned, as well as feedback from the drivers and maintenance staff

The project found that the system is robust enough for use in a harsh log-hauling environment, but still needs some refinements to improve performance and acceptance

Principal Applicant: Séamus Parker (FP Innovations)
Funding Awarded: $40,079 (Innovation)

Competition Year: 2007 File type: PDF (2 MB) Asset type: Research Research: RS2007-IG16