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An Intrinsically Stable MPC Approach for Anti-Jackknifing Control of Tractor-Trailer Vehicles (01a Articolo in rivista)

Beglini Manuel, Belvedere Tommaso, Lanari Leonardo, Oriolo Giuseppe

Tractor-trailer vehicles are affected by jackknifing, a phenomenon that consists in the divergence of the trailer hitch angle and ultimately causes the vehicle to fold up. For the case of backward motions, in which jackknifing can occur at any speed, we present a control method that drives the vehicle along generic reference Cartesian trajectories while avoiding the divergence of the hitch angle. This is obtained thanks to a feedback control law that combines two actions: a tracking term, computed using input-output linearization, and a corrective term, generated via IS-MPC, an intrinsically stable MPC scheme which is effective for stable inversion of non-minimum phase systems. The successful performance of the proposed anti-jackknifing control is verified through simulations and experiments on a purposely built one-trailer prototype. To show the generality of the approach, we also apply and test the proposed method on a two-trailer vehicle.
Gruppo di ricerca: Robotics
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