The bushing analogy tire (BAT) model has been shown to be capable of modeling tire dynamics in vehicle dynamic simulations. In a recent paper, the tire and vehicle data have been used to demonstrate that the BAT model yields reasonable predictions of the vehicle vertical suspension dynamic responses up to the tire 2nd vertical mode (∼90 Hz). This paper studies the modeling of the tire dynamics in the lateral direction as the next step toward completion of the BAT model as a consistent 3‐dimensional tire dynamics model.

Finite element (FE) analysis is an advanced analytical method for engineering analysis and has been accepted as the standard analytical tool for tires in the automotive industry. The tire data generated with FE models are also repeatable, without the data noise contained in physically measured laboratory tire data. FE models are also ideal for tire modeling studies because they enable the analysts to precisely control the modeling parameters. A tire FE model is, therefore, used here to generate the needed tire data, including mass, static forces and dynamic vibration modes for BAT model characterization.

The BAT model parameters, including the tire lateral stiffnesses and the tire/wheel mass and inertia, are extracted from the FE analysis results. The analytically predicted lateral vibration modal frequencies of the BAT model are then compared with the corresponding lateral vibration modes of the same FE model. It is shown that the resulting BAT model is a good approximation for the FE model in the lateral direction up to the third lateral (including rotational) vibration mode (∼70 Hz).

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