This paper first examines and quantifies fuel economy and energy incentives for the use of light-weight wheels on passenger cars, then describes and evaluates two radically different composite wheel candidates: A glass fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) wheel, and a laminated, foam-filled wheel comprised of thin steel shells encapsulating a core of structural plastic. The effects of brake heat, long-term aging, hydrolysis, design configuration (particularly the size and shape of brake cooling holes), curb impact, and other considerations unique to organic-composite wheels are examined.
Warrendale, PA USA 15096
- Gieck, J E
- Noll, W D
- Publication Date: 1980-2-29
- Pagination: 26 p.
- TRT Terms: Automobiles; Energy; Fuel consumption; Glass fibers; Incentives; Reinforced plastics; Weight; Wheels
- Subject Areas: Energy; Highways; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00315437
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 800067
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 29 1980 12:00AM