An experiment is conducted in which a free-standing bicycle wheel is given an initial angular speed and then allowed to slow down to rest. Measurements of the wheel speed, using a magnetic sensor, during the decay are compared to predictions from a model accounting for a combination of viscous and dry friction at the wheel bearing. The time history data indicate two dynamic regimes: (i) a higher speed phase corresponding to the first part of the motion for which a simple viscous friction model applies, and (ii) a slower speed phase corresponding to low speed to stop behavior for which a model involving both viscous and dry friction is proposed. A method is presented for finding the viscous and dry friction coefficients of the two phases.
Friction Modeling of a Free-Spinning Bicycle Wheel
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Huang, S, & Nagurka, M. "Friction Modeling of a Free-Spinning Bicycle Wheel." Proceedings of the STLE/ASME 2003 International Joint Tribology Conference. Contact Mechanics. Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. October 26–29, 2003. pp. 53-57. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/2003-TRIB-0265
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