A designed experiment consisting of the three basic tire constructions (diagonal, bias belted, and radial) with three typical tread designs on each tire construction, is utilized to determine the effect of tire construction on wet traction. Significantly, the radial construction itself does not show an inherent advantage for straight ahead wet traction. This fact is better understood as the interaction between the tire footprint and the road surface is explained. Investigation within the radial construction framework shows variables such as stabilizer ply material and ply angle to have little influence on straight ahead wet traction. Only when the radial construction is coupled with a radial type tread design is the full potential realized. The superiority of this combination is even more evident when wet cornering and treadwear evaluations are considered. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 99-106
  • Monograph Title: Skidding Accidents: Tires, Vehicles and Vehicle components. Proceedings of a Conference Conducted by the Transportation Research Board, May 2-6, 1977
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00163916
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025745
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding, HS-021 374, HS-020 126
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM