Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Analysis of Stress and Strain Distribution in a Vehicle Wheel: Finite Element Analysis Versus Experimental Method

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2005

Abstract

An extensive finite element analysis of a vehicle wheel subject to the conjoint influence of inflation pressure and radial load (vehicle load) is reported in this paper. The commonly used design considerations in an automotive wheel are presented and discussed. A method for determining the load(s) transmitted from the vehicle to the wheel is detailed and the intrinsic influence of inflation pressure on wheel performance is discussed. The finite element results are compared with experimental measurements of strain obtained using strain gauges. The salient advantage of the finite element analysis as an attractive and cost-effective approach to the design and analysis of vehicle wheels is elaborated.

Publication Title

Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design

Volume

40

Issue

6

First Page

513

Last Page

523