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The Effect of Structural Damping Foam on Tire Vibration

Journal Article
ISSN: 2380-2162, e-ISSN: 2380-2170
Published February 28, 2020 by SAE International in United States
The Effect of Structural Damping Foam on Tire Vibration
Citation: Sams, T., "The Effect of Structural Damping Foam on Tire Vibration," SAE Int. J. Veh. Dyn., Stab., and NVH 4(2):83-96, 2020,
Language: English


During the vehicle design state, vehicle noise and vibration are taken into consideration. The tire is a large contributor to the noise and vibration experienced inside the vehicle cabin. Any unevenness or asperities in the road cause the tire structure to vibrate, which in turn causes components in the vehicle to vibrate and generate noise. It is common in the industry to use foam inserts inside the tire air cavity that reduces the noise generated. This foam is typically intended to reduce a specific resonance in the tire-the resonance due to the air cavity. Recently, there is interest in using foam as a structural damper to reduce structural resonances in the tire. A new analytical tire model for determining the effect that structural damping foam has on the noise and vibration characteristics of the tire has been developed. The theoretical formulation of this model is presented, as well as comparison with experiments and a parametric analysis of the model. The model shows good agreement with experimental results and also gives some additional insights into how the tires’ response can be altered by different design parameters.