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contact patch

the area of contact between a tire on an automotive vehicle and the road surface. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The fact is that bicycle tires have a proportionally smaller contact patch than cars do relative to our size and weight.
  • The tread surface of an automobile tire is squished inwards by the sidewalls at the contact patch.
  • Remember, motorcycles maintain a smaller tire contact patch on the roadway when compared to other vehicles.
  • It can also decrease braking traction because the contact patch at the tire-road interface is reduced.
  • In these methods, various microphones are mounted to a test vehicle near the tire-pavement contact patch.
  • All four tires have the same contact patch if they are inflated according to the car manufacturer's specifications.
  • contact patch pressure distributions, required for the noise models, were obtained with an array of miniature transducers.

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