Investigation of rubber friction on snow for tyres

S. Ella, P.-Y. Formagne, V. Koutsos, J.R. Blackford

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Frictional behaviour of tyres on snow is important for vehicles. We made friction tests of rubber tread blocks, of different geometries and rubber formulations, on compacted artificial snow in a cold room using a linear tribometer. These tests show excellent agreement with outdoor vehicle tests. The friction coefficient (μ) for rubber decreases with increasing velocity because of a water layer formed by frictional heating. As glass transition temperature Tg of the rubber decreases μ increases, which correlates with the increased compliance of the rubber. At higher velocities siped tread-blocks show higher friction than blocks without sipes because of ploughing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-301
Number of pages10
JournalTribology International
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


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