AUTOMOBILE TIRE HYDROPLANING. A STUDY OF WHEEL SPIN-DOWN AND OTHER VARIABLES

A study of the wet weather characteristics of five different pavements and ten different tires is presented. The pavements studied were a portland cement concrete, a seal coat surface treatment, a hot mix asphalt, a jennite surface and a longitudinally grooved portland cement concrete. The tires studied were several bias ply tires with different tread depths, a wide tire with full tread, a test standard tire, a smooth fiberglass belted tire and a full tread steel belted radial. In this study, wheel spin-down was used as the criterion for the detection of hydroplaning and the variables considered were tire tread depth, tire inflation pressure, water depth and wheel load. A sloping trough 800 ft. long, 30 in. wide and 4 in. deep was used in obtaining the data.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C., and Texas Highway Dept., Austin.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transp

    P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763
  • Authors:
    • Stocker, A J
    • Dotson, J T
    • Ivey, D L
  • Publication Date: 1974-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 116 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00090443
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TTI-2-10-70-147-3F Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 29 1975 12:00AM