Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Thomas R. Kurfess

Committee Member

Dr. David Bodde

Committee Member

Dr. E. Harry Law

Committee Member

Dr. Mohammed Daqaq

Committee Member

Dr. Imtiaz Haque


While vehicle stability control is a well-established technology in the passenger car realm, it is still an area of active research for commercial vehicles as indicated by the recent notice of proposed rulemaking on commercial vehicle stability by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, 2012). The reasons that commercial vehicle electronic stability control (ESC) development has lagged passenger vehicle ESC include the fact that the industry is generally slow to adopt new technologies and that commercial vehicles are far more complex requiring adaptation of existing technology. From the controller theory perspective, current commercial vehicle stability systems are generally passenger car based ESC systems that have been modified to manage additional brakes (axles). They do not monitor the entire vehicle nor do they manage the entire vehicle as a system.