The futuristic design of the Super Tipper Truck looks more like a giant pack animal than a conventional dump truck. That is no accident. Designer Haishan Deng used the movement of big creatures in nature to create a dump truck that is more maneuverable.
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According to the Super Tipper Truck press release…
Super Tipper Truck is a winning design of 2007/2008 Red Dot design award. This concept was designed to find new solutions and technology which can be used in future tipper truck design. It is also a future vision of F.X.Meiller’s tipper truck. F.X.Meiller is the leading tipper manufacturer in Europe. The company is based in Munich, and truck company including Mercedes Benz, MAN, Renault, Volvo, Iveco has their tipper truck assembled in Meiller Kipper.
Haishan Deng is the designer of this concept. The idea comes from structure and movement of four feet animal. Tipper trucks have served the construction industry for a hundred years. Over the century, though tip trucks have got bigger and stronger, they’re largely still based on a design we all first encountered in the sand pit as children. Super Tipper Truck has been designed with new solutions and technology. It also seeks new methods and solutions to problems inherent with the traditional one.
Traditional dump trucks are able to only unload materials backwards or sideways, and the driver requires an amount of time to adjust the truck to specific position. Super Tipper Truck solves this problem by using a tipper that is able to unload materials in all four directions.
It took me a long time to figure out a structure to do this function. Normally the tipper is fixed on base pan of trucks. If the tipper needs to unload to four directions the structure will be very complicate and the cockpit is always a problem. So I searched the nature to find some inspirations. Finally the body of quadruped animals helps me to find out the solution. In this concept, the base pan of trucks was removed instead with the tipper as a center main connection of every part of the truck.
The suspension arms are connected to main tipper on rails, to allow parts to slide past each other. The wheels are attached to independent engines, which allow them to move in different directions. The hydraulic system attached to the each arm moves the arms to enable the main tipper to rotate and be positioned in different angles. The cockpit is also independent which can be lifted up or down just like head of animals, so the truck can unload at the front. The ability to unload at front makes it easier for drivers to navigate and position the truck more accurately, and thus, it also makes the process safer.
The flexibility of unloading makes the whole process fast and simple; and makes the management of trucks at construction sites – especially when a number of them are in use- more efficient.
As ground conditions on constructions sites are often unstable and uneven, the independent suspension arms with engines allow it to navigate and unload over tough terrains effortlessly. It can also be driven down and unload on incline surface which is very useful but impossible to do by traditional trucks. Another benefit from the moving cockpit is the truck can load some kind of materials such as sand, mud by itself while it open the tipper to the front and be driven towards the materials.
Safety is also in consideration of this concept. The cockpit is surrounded with glass of wide range vision. Driver can see what is down there through the glass on the cockpit floor like helicopter. To protect driver in extreme conditions, the cockpit has an enhanced strength roof and hard side protection.
Source: Haishan Deng