PRELIMINARY STUDIES OF EFFECT OF STUDDED TIRES ON HIGHWAY PAVEMENTS

PNEUMATIC TIRES, EQUIPPED WITH TUNGSTEN CARBIDE STUDS EMBEDDED IN THE TREAD, ARE BEING USED TO INCREASE TRACTION AND REDUCE STOPPING DISTANCE OF VEHICLES OPERATING UNDER ICY CONDITIONS. WHILE THE INCREASED SAFETY FACTOR AFFORDED BY THESE TIRES IS UNQUESTIONABLE, PAVEMENT DAMAGE WHICH MIGHT BE CAUSED BY THE STUDS WAS INVESTIGATED IN MINNESOTA. BRAKING AND ACCELERATING TESTS, LIMITED TO DRY PAVEMENT SURFACES, WERE MADE ON A SECTION OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY NOT YET OPENED TO TRAFFIC. THE TEST COURSE INCLUDED BOTH PORTLAND CEMENT CONCRETE AND PLANT-MIXED BITUMINOUS PAVEMENTS. ALTHOUGH, TESTS SUGGESTED THAT SOME DAMAGE TO BITUMINOUS PAVEMENT MIGHT BE EXPECTED AT CONTROLLED INTERSECTIONS, THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE THAT SERIOUS WIDESPREAD PAVEMENT DAMAGE WOULD RESULT THROUGH THE USE OF STUDDED TIRES TO WITHHOLD FROM THE PUBLIC THE POTENTIAL SAFETY BENEFITS THEY WOULD PROVIDE.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 8-23
  • Monograph Title: Studded tires
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00206234
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-002 048
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1994 12:00AM