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The Hohenheim Tyre Model: A validated approach for the simulation of high volume tyres – Part I: Model structure and parameterisation

Paul Witzel
Journal of Terramechanics, Volume 75, 2018, Pages 3-14, ISSN 0022-4898,

The applied tyre model influences significantly the accuracy of vehicle simulations. This is especially the case for farm machinery that is equipped with high volume tyres and mostly suspended on one axle only. In order to account for the special properties of these tyres – such as the nonlinearities that come along with high deflections – a new tyre model was developed at the University of Hohenheim. During the development phase the main requirements to fulfil were short computation times, an easy to apply parameterisation process and a high model quality. In order to attain these goals an all new multi-spoke tyre model was developed. Various adaptations were made to the model structure in order to achieve a real-time factor of 0.6. All eighteen parameters have a physical meaning and can be determined with two in-house tyre test stands. Validation comprises aspects relevant to both handling and ride quality and will be addressed in part two of this publication series.

Keywords: Tyre model; Handling; Comfort analysis; Multi-body simulation