VARIABLES ASSOCIATED WITH AUTOMOBILE TIRE HYDROPLANING

A STUDY OF THE WET WEATHER CHARACTERISTICS OF FOUR DIFFERENT PAVEMENTS AND EIGHT DIFFERENT TIRES IS PRESENTED. THE PAVEMENTS STUDIED WERE A PORTLAND CEMENT CONCRETE, A BITUMINOUS SURFACE TREATMENT, A HOT MIX ASPHALT AND A JENNITE SURFACE. THE TIRES STUDIED WERE SEVERAL BIAS PLY TIRES WITH DIFFERENT TREAD DEPTHS, A WIDE TIRE AND A TEST STANDARD TIRE. THE VARIABLES CONSIDERED WERE TIRE TREAD DEPTH, TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE, WATER DEPTH, AND WHEEL LOAD. A SLOPING TROUGH 800 FT LONG WAS USED IN OBTAINING THE DATA. THE RESULTS INDICATE THAT THE USE OF PAVEMENTS WITH LARGER MACROTEXTURE AND POSSIBLY INTERNALLY DRAINING SURFACES WILL HELP TO REDUCE THE TENDENCY TO HYDROPLANE. THE STUDY SHOULD BE HELPFUL AS TO WHAT INFLUENCE TEXTURE AND WATER DEPTH HAVE RELATIVE TO SPEEDS AT WHICH HYDROPLANING SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT OCCUR. /AUTHOR MODIFIED ABSTRACT/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • NO TTI-2-8-70-147-2
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  USA  76011
  • Authors:
    • Stocker, A J
    • Lewis, J M
  • Publication Date: 1972-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 85 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00207588
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Res Rept
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 20 1974 12:00AM