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J Phys Condens Matter. 2011 Jan 12;23(1):015003. doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/23/1/015003. Epub 2010 Nov 26.

Rubber friction and tire dynamics.

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IFF, FZ-Jülich, D-52428 Jülich, Germany.


We propose a simple rubber friction law, which can be used, for example, in models of tire (and vehicle) dynamics. The friction law is tested by comparing numerical results to the full rubber friction theory (Persson 2006 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18 7789). Good agreement is found between the two theories. We describe a two-dimensional (2D) tire model which combines the rubber friction model with a simple mass-spring description of the tire body. The tire model is very flexible and can be used to accurately calculate μ-slip curves (and the self-aligning torque) for braking and cornering or combined motion (e.g. braking during cornering). We present numerical results which illustrate the theory. Simulations of anti-blocking system (ABS) braking are performed using two simple control algorithms.

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