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On the Stability of Tire Torsional Oscillations Under Locked-Wheel Braking

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Chunjian Wang, John Adcox, Beshah Ayalew

Clemson University, Greenville, SC

Benoit Dailliez

Michelin Dorporation, Clermont Ferrand, France

Timothy Rhyne, Steve Cron

Michelin Americas Research Corporation, Greenville, SC

Paper No. DSCC2014-5988, pp. V003T49A002; 9 pages
  • ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 3: Industrial Applications; Modeling for Oil and Gas, Control and Validation, Estimation, and Control of Automotive Systems; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Control System Design; Physical Human-Robot Interaction; Rehabilitation Robotics; Sensing and Actuation for Control; Biomedical Systems; Time Delay Systems and Stability; Unmanned Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Motion Controls; Vibration Analysis and Isolation; Vibration and Control for Energy Harvesting; Wind Energy
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, October 22–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4620-9
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


This paper deals with the stability of self-excited tire torsional oscillations during locked-wheel braking events. Using a combination of torsionally flexible tire-wheel model and a dynamic tire-ground friction model, it is highlighted that the primary cause of unstable oscillations is the ‘Stribeck’ effect in tire-ground friction. It is also shown analytically that when suspension torsional compliances are negligible, the bifurcation parameters for the local torsional instability include forward speed, normal load and tire radius. In the presence of significant suspension torsional compliance, it is shown that the stability is also affected by suspension torsional stiffness and damping. Furthermore, the tire torsional stiffness becomes an important bifurcation parameter only in the presence of significant suspension compliance. This analysis gives useful insights for the selection of tire sidewall stiffness ranges and their proper matching with targeted vehicle suspensions at the design stage.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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