Title: Prediction of influence of operating conditions and tyre design parameters on tyre cornering characteristics

Authors: Chongfeng Wei; Oluremi A. Olatunbosun

Addresses: School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK ' School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

Abstract: Finite element (FE) tyre models are widely used for predicting tyre characteristics and dynamic properties used for vehicle dynamics simulation for CAE durability, ride comfort and handling assessment. Particularly, tyre FE simulation can be used to predict variation in tyre characteristics which would be too tedious to measure using laboratory tests, such as those due to changes in the tyre reinforcement material or structural layup. The cornering force characteristics of a tyre is one of the most influential factors in full vehicle dynamics simulation, having a significant effect on the directional control and handling stability of the vehicle. A validated FE tyre model developed using ABAQUS was used in parametric studies to determine factors affecting cornering force and aligning moment characteristics using design of experiments (DOE) method. Prediction of the cornering properties of the rolling tyre demonstrated the sensitivity of tyre cornering properties to tyre design parameters and operating conditions.

Keywords: steady-state analysis; finite element method; FEM; cornering properties; DOE; design of experiments; operating conditions; tyre design; tyre cornering; dynamic modelling; vehicle dynamics; simulation; cornering force; directional control; handling stability; vehicle handling; vehicle control; vehicle cornering.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVP.2017.10003357

International Journal of Vehicle Performance, 2017 Vol.3 No.2, pp.127 - 141

Received: 14 Aug 2015
Accepted: 16 Jan 2016

Published online: 24 Mar 2017 *

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