Motivated by our previous study on the flexibility and low local stress of auxetic hexagonal honeycombs in uni-axial loading, we explore the dynamic characteristics of a flexible auxetic hexagonal lattice structure when it is used as the flexible spokes of a non-pneumatic tire. In this study, a modal analysis and the steady state vibration characteristics of NPTs with cellular spokes are investigated with a series of vertical loads and rolling speeds using a commercial finite element code, ABAQUS/Explicit. The angular velocity and the displacement at the hub center and the reaction force on the ground were investigated in the time and frequency domains for the steady state rolling condition for vehicle speeds of 60km/h and 80km/h. The orthotropic properties of the honeycomb spokes create different modal behaviors compared with those of pneumatic tires; e.g., the in-plane shear at the initial mode. The discrete spoke geometry induces a non-homogeneous mass (non-uniformity) distribution, which also causes local vibration effects.
The Dynamic Properties of a Non-Pneumatic Tire With Flexible Auxetic Honeycomb Spokes
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Lee, C, Ju, J, & Kim, D. "The Dynamic Properties of a Non-Pneumatic Tire With Flexible Auxetic Honeycomb Spokes." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Volume 8: Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids. Houston, Texas, USA. November 9–15, 2012. pp. 605-615. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2012-88199
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