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Advances in Tribology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 4858317, 15 pages
Research Article

A Rational Theory of Tire-Pavement Friction

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2Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology (CAIT), University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848, USA

Received 9 October 2015; Accepted 24 January 2016

Academic Editor: Patrick De Baets

Copyright © 2016 Robert H. Smith and Waheed Uddin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study involves field testing of a tire-loading-based theory of pavement traction in place of the traditional coefficient of friction. An associated hypothesis concerns the indicated existence of a fourth rubber force, surface deformation hysteresis, which is theorized to be independent of tire loading during tire sliding.