COST 334: effects of wide single tyres and dual tyres

Simultaneously, the trend towards increased use of wide single tyres instead of dual tyres, coupled with more "canalising" of goods vehicles due to increased traffic, have raised the stresses to which pavement surfacings have been subjected. A degree of overloading of a small proportion of heavy goods vehicles in most European countries adds to these stresses, with the result that pavement deterioration takes place more rapidly than expected. Against this background, of unquantified but perceived reduced costs to vehicle operators, increased costs to road owners, benefits in safety, and reduced costs in environmental aspects, COST 334 has carried out a programme of work to quantify these costs and benefits, and propose ways in which they may be balanced. The conclusions of the work relate to: 1. Tyre fitment and pavement wear; 2. Tyre fitment and vehicle handling; 3. Tyre fitment and environmental effects; 4. Tyre fitment and vehicle operating costs; 4. Overall economic effects of the use of different tyre fitments. On the basis of the conclusions drawn from the work, it was also possible to make recommendations on the development of future tyre fitments, including current sizes, and on the use of the results obtained in pavement design.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Netherlands. Ministry of Transport and Water

  • Authors:
    • Addis, R R
  • Publication Date: 2002


  • English

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  • Pagination: various files

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  • Accession Number: 01383925
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 4:02PM