A New System for Force and Moment Testing of Light Truck Tires
Laboratory performance testing of larger tires requires system capability beyond larger diametric clearance and additional radial load capability. This paper describes a newly introduced Flat-Trac® tire test system designed for light truck tires and racing tires. Background on flat surface force and moment testing identifying the need for a system with more capability is presented. The MTS Flat-Trac LTR tire test system is introduced as a force and moment measurement system capable of testing light truck and racing tires. The first of these systems has been in operation at Bridgestone's Tokyo technical center since July 2002. Test results are presented to show that the Flat-Trac LTR (Light Truck/Racing) provides increased capability beyond the conventional Flat-Trac III CT (Cornering and Traction) system. Cornering force and longitudinal force test results are compared to show agreement between the Flat-Trac LTR and Flat-Trac CT systems.