This paper investigates some of the modeling techniques available for predicting the real area of contact between two surfaces. These models are then applied to an idealized case of a rubber block in contact with a rough surface representing a tire on the road. A description of how the models work is presented. The various contact models are compared and analyzed. Qualitatively the models compare very well. Several models also compare well quantitatively.
Volume Subject Area:Contact Mechanics
Topics:Roads, Tires, Modeling, Rubber, Surface roughness
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