1997-02-24

A Computationally-Efficient Method to Analyze Viscous Hydroplaning of Pneumatic Tires 971106

A hydrodynamic analysis is presented for the behavior of individual tire tread element on the smooth pavement covered with thin fluid film. For the conditions of a rigid element and time-dependent loading, a computationally-efficient method is proposed. Application of product method leads to transforming a transient integro-differential system of equations to a steady-state single differential equation to describe viscous hydroplaning. Results from the study show that this approach provides a fast and accurate methodology for modeling viscous hydroplaning.

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