Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-2685

Contact Force and Pressure between Tire and Road Using Dual Tires under Different Loads and Inflation Pressures 2008-01-2685

Heavy vehicles commonly use dual tires on their load and traction axles. As the only vehicle component involved in force transmission to the road, the tire is an important element in the road damage process. In this context, two factors involved are the tire's supported load and inflation pressure. Traditional practical assumptions are that each of the tires in dual arrangement supports the same load, and that the contact patch pressure is very similar to the tire's inflation pressure. To provide data about the load distribution and contact pressure in the tire's contact patch, a lab experimental study was carried out. For that, a lab device was used to determine the static load and pressure in the contact patch, using three different sets of heavy duty radial tires subjected to several combinations of supported load and inflation pressure. Results showed that contact force and pressure are uneven in the contact patch, and frequently contact pressure is lower than inflation pressure for the type of tires tested.


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