The Relative Sensitivity of Size and Operational Conditions on Basic Tire Maneuvering Properties
Basic performance properties of tires significantly influence the lateral/directional (steering) stability and handling of highway vehicles. These properties include cornering stiffness and peak and slide coefficients of friction. This paper considers some detailed tire machine measurements of lateral tire performance. A large database of tire properties for a wide range of highway vehicles is also analyzed. A regression analysis approach is used to define the sensitivity of various size and operational (speed, pressure and load) characteristics on tire behavior. The paper discusses the manner in which these properties vary with tire size and operational conditions, and the effect of the properties on vehicle stability and handling.