Mechanical properties of pneumatic tires with special reference to modern aircraft tires

Robert F. Smiley, Walter B. Horne
Jan 1958

A study is presented of pneumatic tires which are of interest to aircraft designers. The principal topics discussed are tire vertical-force-deflection characteristics; lateral, fore-and-aft, and torsional spring constants; footprint-area properties; relaxation lengths; rolling radius; cornering force, cornering power, self-alining torque, and pneumatic caster for yawed rolling conditions; effects of wheel tilt; and tire radial growth under the influence of centrifugal forces.

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