Stability Analysis on Horizontal Curve without Superelevation 2.14

Stability Analysis on Horizontal Curve without Superelevation:

It is the curve in plane to provide change in the direction to Central line on the road. When a vehicle travel on a horizontal curve, the centrifugal force act horizontally outward through the center of gravity of the vehicle.

The centrifugal force depends upon the speed of vehicle and the radius of horizontal curve.

It will be counteracted by lateral /transverse friction developed between the tyre & pavement, which helps the vehicle to change direction along the curve.

Effect of horizontal curve
Effect of horizontal curve

        They are the centrifugal force (P) acting outward, weight of the vehicle (W) acting downward, and the reaction of the ground on the wheels (RA and RB). The centrifugal force P in Newton is given by


        where m is the mass of the vehicle in kg, v is the speed of the vehicle in m/sec, g is the acceleration due to gravity in m/sec2 and R is the radius of the curve in m. The centrifugal ratio or the impact factor \(\frac{P}{W}\) is given by:


        The force acting on vehicle has the tendency to either overturning the vehicle outward about wheels & to skid the vehicle laterally outward.

centrifugal force


1. Overturning the vehicle

Overturning the vehicle

MO= P×h= Overturning  Moment

MR= W×(b/2)= Resistive  Moment

Case.1 To avoid overturning:


P×h< W×(b/2)

I= \(\frac{P}{W}<\frac{b}{2h}\)

Case.2 On the verge of overturning:


P×h= W×(b/2)

I= \(\frac{P}{W}=\frac{b}{2h}\)

Case.3 Unsafe case:


P×h> W×(b/2)

I= \(\frac{P}{W}>\frac{b}{2h}\)

2. Lateral skiding of the vehicle

Lateral skiding of the vehicle

Skiding Force= P= \(\frac{mv²}{R}\)

Resistive Force= F= f·W= f·m·g

Case.1 To avoid skiding:

P< f×W

I= \(\frac{P}{W}<f\)

Case.2 On the verge of skiding:

P= f×W

I= \(\frac{P}{W}=f\)

Case.3 Unsafe case:

P> f×W

I= \(\frac{P}{W}>f\)


  • If pavement is kept horizontal across the alignment, The pressure on the outer will be higher due to centrifugal force acting outward direction.
  • When the limiting equilibrium condition for overturning occurs, the pressure at inner wheel becomes zero.
  • Since pressure on outer wheel is comparatively more, it damages the pavement by developing ruts over it. RUTTING FAILURE


  • Hence to avoid both overturning & sliding :

\(I=\frac{P}{W} \leq\left\{\begin{array}{c}
\frac{b}{2 h} \\
and \\

  • The relative dangerous of lateral skidding and overturning depends upon weather ‘f’ is lower or higher than \(\frac{b}{2h}\).
  • If

f< \(\frac{b}{2h}\)⇒ Transverse of skidding before overturning.

f> \(\frac{b}{2h}\)⇒ Overturning before transverse skidding.


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