This paper investigates some of the modeling techniques available for predicting the real area of contact between two surfaces. These models are then applied to an idealized case of a rubber block in contact with a rough surface representing a tire on the road. A description of how the models work is presented. The various contact models are compared and analyzed. Qualitatively the models compare very well. Several models also compare well quantitatively.
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A Study of Real Area of Contact for Tire/Road Interface
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Dawkins, JJ, Shah, SG, & Jackson, RL. "A Study of Real Area of Contact for Tire/Road Interface." Proceedings of the ASME/STLE 2009 International Joint Tribology Conference. ASME/STLE 2009 International Joint Tribology Conference. Memphis, Tennessee, USA. October 19–21, 2009. pp. 301-303. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IJTC2009-15099
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