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Determination of a Tyre’s Rolling Resistance Using Parallel Rheological Framework

University of Birmingham-Hamad Sarhan Aldhufairi, Oluremi Olatunbosun, Khamis Essa
Published 2019-06-20 by SAE International in United States
Nowadays, rolling resistance sits at the core of tyre development goals because of its considerable effect on the car’s fuel economy. In contrast to the experimental method, the finite element (FE) method offers an inexpensive and efficient estimation technique. However, the FE technique is yet to be a fully developed product particularly for rolling-resistance estimation. An assessment is conducted to study the role of material viscoelasticity representation in FE, in linear and non-linear forms, through the use of Prony series and parallel rheological framework (PRF) models, respectively, on the tyre’s rolling-resistance calculation and its accuracy. A unique approach was introduced to estimate the rolling resistance according to the tyre’s hysteresis energy coefficient. The non-linear PRF choice resulted in rolling-resistance calculations that reasonably match that of the experimental work and the literature for various vertical load and inflation cases, whereas the Prony series option was found irresponsive to the tyre’s deformation in which it gave unreliable and infinitesimal outputs.
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Multi-Chamber Tire Concept for Low Rolling-Resistance

SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems

University of Birmingham, UK-Hamad Sarhan Aldhufairi, Khamis Essa, Oluremi Olatunbosun
  • Journal Article
  • 06-12-02-0009
Published 2019-04-08 by SAE International in United States
Rolling-resistance is leading the direction of numerous tire developments due to its significant effect on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions considering the vehicles in use globally. Many attempts were made to reduce rolling-resistance in vehicles, but with no or limited success due to tire complexity and trade-offs. This article investigates the concept of multiple chambers inside the tire as a potential alternative solution for reducing rolling-resistance. To accomplish that, novel multi-chamber designs were introduced and numerically simulated through finite-element (FE) modeling. The FE models were compared against a standard design as the baseline. The influences on rolling-resistance, grip, cornering, and mechanical comfort were studied. The multi-chambers tire model reduced rolling-resistance considerably with acceptable trade-offs. Independent air volumes isolating the tread from sidewalls would maintain tire’s profile effectively. Different air concentration across the tire’s chambers gave the tire extended versatility. Rolling non-uniformity depends upon inner-chambers’ stability, sidewalls’ flexibility and tire/chamber(s) integration.
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