Title

SCHOOL BUS DESIGN VEHICLE DIMENSIONS

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, mode - bus, mode - school bus

Keywords

Width, Turning radius, Turning paths, Software, Size, School buses, Road design, Overhangs, Length, Highway design, Geometric design, Field studies, Dimensions, Computerized design, Computer aided engineering, Computer aided design

Abstract

Research was conducted to generate design vehicle characteristics for large or full-size school buses. Characteristics that were measured include length, width, overhangs, and the turning radius and path for 90 deg and 180 deg turns. The researchers observed the paths of the inner rear tire, the outer front corner, the outer front tire, and the outer rear corner. The paths observed in the field were contrasted to those generated by computer-aided design software. The path of the outer rear corner was found to be a significant consideration during the initial part of a turn. The researchers recommended adoption of a more intuitive terminology to describe the various turning paths.