Investigation of ice surface change during vehicle testing

Today, there are a lot of vehicles and tyre testing carried out on lake ice surfaces. Thus, it is important to have knowledge about parameters that affect roadgrip. The thesis within this paper is that the liquid like layer which appears due to increasing temperature can be reduced by manipulating the ice roughness. This in turn should decrease the temperature dependence of the roadgrip in temperatures around 0°C. In order to investigate this, measurements of temperature, surface roughness and hardness and roadgrip were performed on three outdoor ice surfaces using an infrared (IR) thermometer, an optical sensor with three IR–diodes, a steel ball drop indentation test and an RT3 curve, respectively. Additional ice roughness measurements were also made on two tempered ice surfaces in an ice hall. Results show a clear connection between ice temperature and roadgrip, unfortunately the created ice roughness was too small to influence the change in roadgrip.


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  • Accession Number: 01528438
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 2014 2:11PM