STP583

    Texture, Skid Resistance, and the Stability of Automobiles in Limit Maneuvers

    Published: Jul 1975


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    Abstract

    The capability of conventional automobile/tire systems to perform a variety of emergency maneuvers was determined. In general, this capability was quantified in terms of the maximum values of longitudinal and transverse vehicle accelerations that could be produced under specific conditions. These vehicle/tire performance measurements are compared directly with common indicators of available friction such as texture measurements and skid numbers. The texture measurements appear to correlate as well with vehicle performance as do direct friction measurements such as skid numbers and British Pendulum Numbers.

    Keywords:

    surface properties, texture, pavements, skid resistance, friction, automobiles, safe handling, safety, highways, friction factor


    Author Information:

    Hayes, GG
    Assistant research physicist and head, Highway Safety Research Center, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex.

    Ivey, DL
    Assistant research physicist and head, Highway Safety Research Center, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex.


    Paper ID: STP39049S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E17.20

    DOI: 10.1520/STP39049S


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