The ARTSA Institute (ARTSA-i), formerly known as the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association, has been established to respond the challenge of the rapidly changing heavy vehicle industry. It undertakes collaborative independent research in the domain of heavy vehicle transport. The outcomes of the research are intended to inform the development of future policies of relevance to the heavy vehicle sector. ARTSA-i is also a leader in gathering and analysing information on the Heavy Vehicle Transport industry in Australia.
The ARTSA Institute has developed an advanced Braking Calculator to assist vehicle technicians, engineers such as Accredited Vehicle Examiners (AVEs), and regulators to assess and potentially improve the braking performance of multi-heavy vehicle combinations.
The Brake Calculator project has been funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), that is supported by the Australian Government.
The beta version of calculator is user friendly and free to use for accredited users (see training below) and can be used to design and check heavy vehicle service-, emergency- and parking-brake systems. A feedback button will allow users to make suggestions on how to improve the calculator.
Benefits of using the ARTSA-i calculator:
- predicts wheel lock-up during braking
- mass transfer between vehicles, and axle groups is indicated
- allows pneumatic controls to be modelled so brake wear can be considered.
- can be applied to design-rule, VSB 6 modification code, PBS or in-service brake performance checks.
Because of the complexity of brake design, only accredited users that have been through two half day web-based training and assessment sessions will be given access.
The training will provide detailed information about heavy vehicle braking systems and be of great benefit to industry personnel involved in maintaining, developing and regulating heavy vehicle braking systems. To register for the course, go to
ARTSA-I has developed Truck Fires guidance in partnership with the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) and the Truck Industry Council (TIC). The guidance has been funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.