Friction Applications in Accident Reconstruction

Number: 830612
Published: 1983-02-01
Content Type: Technical Paper
Publisher: SAE International
Language: English
DOI: 10.4271/830612
Author(s): Charles Y. Warner - Collision Safety Engineering, Inc., Orem, UT; Gregory C. Smith - Collision Safety Engineering, Inc., Orem, UT; Michael B. James - Collision Safety Engineering, Inc., Orem, UT; Geoff J. Germane - Collision Safety Engineering, Inc., Orem, UT
Warner, C., Smith, G., James, M., and Germane, G., "Friction Applications in Accident Reconstruction," SAE Technical Paper 830612, 1983, doi:10.4271/830612.

The determination of appropriate friction coefficient values is an important aspect of accident reconstruction. Tire-roadway friction values are highly dependent on a variety of physical factors. Factors such as tire design, side force limitations, road surface wetness, vehicle speed, and load shifting require understanding if useful reconstruction calculations are to be made. Tabulated experimental friction coefficient data are available, and may be improved upon in many situations by simple testing procedures. This paper presents a technical review of basic concepts and principles of friction as they apply to accident reconstruction and automobile safety. A brief review of test measurement methods is also presented, together with simple methods of friction measurement to obtain more precise values in many situations. This paper also recommends coefficient values for reconstruction applications other than tire- roadway forces.

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  • SAE International Congress and Exposition, February 28, 1983, Detroit, Michigan, United States
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