Effect of tyre wear on noise emission and rolling resistance

Klaus-Peter Glaeser

During a lifecycle a tyre undergoes degradations due to mechanical wear and chemical ageing which affect not only durability and safety but also tyre/road noise emission and rolling resistance. This paper presents a study with the purpose to study how much tyre/road noise and rolling resistance change when car tyres are worn down from the original 8 mm tread depth to 2 mm, and when chemical ageing of the tyre rubber is simulated by exposure to heat. Six car tyres of different types were selected for the study which were worn on a wear machine in steps of 2 mm tread depth. Before, between and after these wear sessions tyre/road noise and rolling resistance were measured on two drum facilities with different surface textures, including replicas of ISO surfaces. Additionally, coast-by and CPX measurements were made on outdoor ISO test tracks. The results show that the wear and age effect was low on ISO surfaces but dramatic (noise increased with wear) on the rough-textured surface and high but opposite on an extremely smooth surface.



Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) workshop in Stockholm

An open seminar and workshop in Stockholm will be held on 25-26 April 2018. The workshop deals with the use of CBA as a basis for decision-making in the public sector. The workshop is organized by, among others, Professor Jan-Eric Nilsson, VTI.

The 6st Humanist Conference

The 6th HUMANIST Conference will take place 13-14 June 2018 in the Hague, The Netherlands. The scope of the conference covers a wide range of topics on Human Factors in Transport. Tania Willstrand and Alexander Eriksson will present their research results.



VTI will develop simulators for ambulance staff

VTI has initiated a pilot study for paramedics with the Centre for Teaching & Research in Disaster Medicine and Traumatology and Linköping University. The aim is to give ambulance staff the opportunity to practice critical medical tasks in a moving vehicle in...


Unique electrified road opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road recharging the batteries of cars and trucks while driving opened in Sweden. The Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth, was at the formal inauguration of the electrified road on April 11, 2018. VTI is one of 22...


Swedish road safety spreads internationally

Sweden is a leading country in terms of road safety, and the research conducted by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has contributed to increased safety. VTI’s remit includes disseminating research results and keeping up to date...


A greater understanding of cyclists' behaviour

Cyclists are often accused of not following traffic rules and being hooligans on the road. New research shows that there is no support for this perception. "Our observations reveal no such general anarchy" says Sonja Forward, researcher at VTI.


New technology for road surface measurement tested

VTI has tested a new scanning-laser technology for road surface measurement. The tests show the new technology for comprehensive transverse-profile measurement provides dependable values in measuring transverse profile and rut depth.


Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

VTI’s Senior Research Leader Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for his work on research into tyres and road surface.