Evaluation of the Brazilian Run-Flat Tire
NEVADA AUTOMOTIVE TEST CENTER CARSON CITY
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This test program was conducted by the Nevada Automotive Test Center during the months of April through June 1974 to determine the dynamic characteristics of a combat tire system manufactured in Brazil. The 9.00-16 bias ply tires were tested on the M715, 1 14 ton vehicle. Dynamic traction, rolling resistance, lateral stability and braking tests were run on wet asphalt surfaces using a standard military nondirectional mud and snow bias ply tire of the same size as a control. A 5000 mile durability test over paved, secondary and cross-country surfaces and a series of 25 mile run-flat missions concluded the dynamic phase of the program. Static spring rates and footprint analyses rounded out the test program.
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