Pavement damage due to conventional and new generation of wide-base super single tires

I. L. Al-Qadi, M. A. Elseifi, P. J. Yoo, I. Janajreh

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The objective of this study was to quantify pavement damage due to a conventional (385/65R22.5) and a new generation of wide-base (445/ 50R22.5) tires using three-dimensional (3D) finite element (FE) analysis. The investigated new generation of wide-base tires has wider treads and greater load-carrying capacity than the conventional wide-base tire. In addition, the contact patch is less sensitive to loading and is especially designed to operate at 690kPa inflation pressure at 121km/hr speed for full load of l5lkN tandem axle. The developed FE models simulated the tread sizes and applicable contact pressure for each tread and utilized laboratory-measured pavement material properties. In addition, the models were calibrated and properly validated using field-measured stresses and strains. Comparison was established between the two wide-base tire types and the dual-tire assembly. Results indicated that the 445/50R22.5 wide-base tire would cause more fatigue damage, approximately the same rutting damage and less surface-initiated top-down cracking than the conventional dual-tire assembly. On the other hand, the conventional 385/65R22.5 wide-base tire, which was introduced more than two decades ago, caused the most damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-226
Number of pages17
JournalTire Science and Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Finite element
  • Pavement damage
  • Wide-base tire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Polymers and Plastics


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