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Title: Driving traction on ice with all-season and mud-and-snow radial tires
Authors: Blaisdell, George L.
Keywords: Ice
Radial tires
Vehicle mobility
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: CRREL report ; 83-27.
Description: CRREL Report
Abstract: This study reports on a comparison of the driving traction performance on ice of a selected group of all-season radial tires with mud-and-snow radial tires. In addition to performance variation due to tread design, the effects of tire inflation pressure and ice temperature are explored. The results indicate that no significant tractive advantage on ice can be attributed to tread design. The contribution of tire tread to traction on ice is completely overshadowed by adhesion between the ice and the compound which makes up the tire's contact surface. Based on adhesion, a slight favoring of all-season tires is found. Increasing ice temperature generally decreased the tractive capability of a specific tire. For several tires, however, the opposite was true. Reduced inflation pressure also caused a slight decrease in the tractive performance parameters calculated.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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