Prediction of tire grip - A new method for measurement of rubber friction under laboratory conditions
Due to the COVID-19 crisis measures the PhD defence of Marzieh Salehi will take place (partly) online in the presence of an invited audience.
The PhD defence can be followed by a live stream.
Marzieh Salehi is a PhD student in the research group Elastomer Technology and Engineering (ETE). Her supervisor is prof.dr. A. Blume from the Faculty of Engineering Technology.
Proper tire grip provides a good level of handling which is a prerequisite for a vehicle’s steering, braking, accelerating, and cornering. For material development for the acquisition of superior tire performance, full-scale tire testings are enormously sophisticated, time-consuming, and costly. It is sustainable and highly desirable to predict tire grip performance in a laboratory environment before manufacturing a full tire for the determination of rubber friction. However, considering all the influential factors in one laboratory apparatus is a complex task to accomplish, to predict tire tribological properties. In the present thesis, a new way of measurements in a laboratory environment is introduced in good agreement with actual tire testing.