Over the years, virtual prototyping of vehicles and critical vehicle sub-components such as tyres has increasingly been used to assist in reducing time to market by shortening the design cycle time, support developmental projects at different stages and meet stringent product performance requirements. In particular, validated virtual tyre models of various levels of complexities and fidelities have been used in designing new tyres and evaluating vehicle performance using simulation results.
Tyres are complex entities that also provide modelling and simulation challenges. Their composite structures are known to be different from traditional metallic structures, while their behaviour such as large deformation and rolling contact which present geometrical non-linearity and contact discontinuities poses complex numerical challenges. Predictive virtual tyre models have been routinely used mostly as a virtual test bench by tyre developers and researchers investigating the performance of different tyre build for normal operating conditions. Such tyre models are used to analyse various Tyre applications such as generating forces and moments, tyre profile and footprint studies, burst pressure investigation, stress/strain analysis, heat generation, temperature distribution, etc. Knowledge gained from such stand-alone tyre models would undoubtedly help in the development of simpler but accurate tyre models for vehicle behaviour evaluations.
This special issue features new discoveries and advances in the field of tyre development, tyre material characterisation, parameter identification, sensitivity study, FEA Tyre modelling and simulation of heavy truck tyres for model parameterisation used for road loads prediction. It brings together vehicle and tyre experts in academia and industry worldwide to explore current issues regarding tyre modelling, material characterisation required in computational vehicle behaviour evaluations, etc.
This issue provides a platform intended to foster emerging ideas regarding development of advanced tyre modelling strategy for tyre design and vehicle performance evaluation.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Tyre/vehicle system: stability, crashworthiness evaluation
- Tyre parameter identification and sensitivity analysis
- Heat generation in rolling tyres: tyre temperature distribution
- FEA modelling and simulation of heavy truck tyres
- Tyre test development: tyre testing
- Tyre failure characterisation
- Tyre-road interaction : tyre-ground friction and tread contact stress
- Tyre performance evaluation: dry/wet handling and traction, endurance, wear resistance, tyre noise, rolling resistance, hydroplaning, weight reduction, and tyre pattern optimisation, etc.
- Tyre materials: material characterisation, constitutive models, rubber, tyre reinforcements, etc.
- Smart tyre development for intelligent transportation systems
Manuscript Submission Deadline: 31 May, 2016