Abstract

Four different laboratory machines for the evaluation of tire treadwear have been described which used concrete, steel, and tungsten carbide abrasion surfaces at variable speed and slip, but none has satisfactorily replaced highway testing. Predominant sources of wear on passenger tires appear to be cutting and frictional fatigue, the rates of which are influenced differently by temperature and load. Thus, seasonal or climatic, topographical, and geographical effects are evidenced. Treadwear cannot be expressed solely as a property of the tire since it is the resultant of the interaction of the tire with multivariate environmental conditions.

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