Sliding behaviour of simplified tire tread patterns investigated by means of FEM

Hofstetter, K., Grohs, C., Eberhardsteiner, J. and Mang, H.A. (2006) Sliding behaviour of simplified tire tread patterns investigated by means of FEM. Computers and Structures, 84(17-18), pp. 1151-1163. (doi:10.1016/j.compstruc.2006.01.010)

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Abstract

n this paper, a simulation procedure for sliding tread blocks under consideration of thermal effects and abrasion is introduced. It is intended as a powerful tool in tire design and development complementary to experimental investigations. A contact model specially suited for the contact pairing rubber and rough road is developed. Subsequent changes of the model geometry in the course of the simulation allow for the reproduction of abrasion effects. The simulations are carried out by means of the Finite Element Method in a thermo-mechanically coupled manner. Exemplary simulation results are presented for 2D as well as 3D models of rubber tread blocks. By incorporation of sipes and by consideration of parallelogram-shaped bases, a close approach to realistic tread patterns is achieved.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:De Borst, Dr Karin
Authors: Hofstetter, K., Grohs, C., Eberhardsteiner, J., and Mang, H.A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Computers and Structures
ISSN:0045-7949
ISSN (Online):1879-2243

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