Through the use of vehicle simulation, fewer prototypes need to be built and a better end product can be developed in shorter time – but to accurately simulate a vehicle, its tires’ behavior must be accurately simulated as well.
Calspan has vast experience in testing tires for tire modeling purposes. In fact, many tire model formulations have been developed based on Calspan data. The forces generated in the contact patches of a tire play a critical role in a vehicle’s overall performance and stability. We test for most types of tire models: such as Pacejka/Magic Formula and more complex models like SWIFT, F-Tire, and CDTire. Calspan designs test programs based on the model’s application to generate the most relevant data and ensure high-fidelity.
Thanks to capabilities of our machine, the test programs almost never have to be designed around its limitations. Instead, tires are tested in the most relevant conditions, resulting in better data for the tire modelling process.
Sometimes very specific tire behaviors need to be modeled to get the required accuracy in simulation. Calspan help customer develop custom models to solve challenging problems.
Calspan customers that engage our expertise in the areas Tire Modeling receive innumerable benefits, including: