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Characterization of effective tire contact area for various tread patterns


Muniandy, Ratnasamy and Moazami, Danial and Hamid, Hussain and Hassim, Salihudin (2014) Characterization of effective tire contact area for various tread patterns. Instrumentation Science & Technology, 42 (1). pp. 15-26. ISSN 1073-9149; ESSN: 1525-6030


The effective tire-pavement contact area affects the relative damage of asphalt pavement and should be incorporated in both mechanistic and empirical response analyses of pavements. A new machine called ROTOCOM Wheel Tracker (RCWT) was designed and fabricated to capture the effective tire contact area apart from slab compacting, and conducting simulative laboratory wheel tracking tests. The main focus of this paper is laboratory measurement of effective tire contact areas for various tread patterns. Seven tire treads were selected for the footprint image analyses at five tire loads and four tire inflation pressures. An image processing MATLAB-based program was coded to calculate the contact areas of the 280 imprints obtained from both sides of the RCWT. Factorial analysis indicated significant effects of tire tread, tire load, and inflation pressure on the resulting contact area. Comparison between effective and traditional contact areas indicated that the current pavement design procedure with traditional circular contact area extremely overestimates the actual tire-pavement contact area up to 92%.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/10739149.2013.832291
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Keywords: Effective contact area; Image processing; ROTOCOM wheel tracker; Tire imprint; Tire tread; Traditional contact area
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015 06:49
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/36753
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