Truck & Aircraft Tire Testing

Truck & Aircraft Tire Testing

The high load capabilities of Calspan’s tire testing equipment makes it well suited for testing truck tires and aircraft tires. Capturing force and moment behaviors of truck tires is essential to ensure truck stability and safety. Recent regulations require truck manufacturers to include electronic stability control systems as an effort to increase highway safety. These systems solely rely on tire force and moment properties to achieve vehicle stability, so understanding tire performance is essential.

Aircraft tire testing is a cost-effective way to ensure tires meet specifications and it leads to increased understanding and reduced risks for on-aircraft testing. Calspan is able to perform high speed and low speed tests, during which aircraft tires’ general performance characteristics can efficiently be measured thanks to the extensive machine capabilities.


Our Capabilities

Truck Tire Testing

  • Test medium and heavy truck tires at and beyond their full load capabilities; capture complete force and moment data at loads up to 12,000 lbf (53 kN).
  • Quickly apply high braking torques (14,000 lb-ft, 20,000 Nm) to evaluate pure and combined braking performance and effect of chassis control systems.

Aircraft Tire Testing

  • Continuously control and test at inflation pressures up to 350 psi/2,400 kPa.
  • Measure both static and dynamic structural stiffness during the same test.
  • Investigate thermal properties such as bulk heating and heat dissipation using Calspan’s thermal testing technology.
  • Perform dynamic tire tests replicating real life events such as taxi, cross-wind landing and rejected takeoff.
  • Safely and efficiently investigate flat-spot decay, wear rates and durability properties.
  • Correlate tire FEA results at realistic conditions with precise measurements, using advanced measurements to measure internal strains and capture three-dimensional deflection measurements.


High Load Testing

  • Test tires at loads up to 12,000 lbf (53 kN) on a flat belt surface, which results in realistic contact patch behavior and tire deflections.
  • Quickly apply high braking torques (14,000 lb-ft, 20,000 Nm) to evaluate pure and combined braking performance and effect of chassis control systems.


Customer Benefits

Calspan customers that engage our expertise in the areas of Truck Tire Testing, Aircraft Tire Testing, Motorcycle Tire Testing and High Load Testing receive innumerable benefits, including:

  • Ensuring consistent testing at high contact pressures often seen in truck tire and aircraft tire testing by using Calspan’s unique air bearing.
  • Experiencing full dynamic capabilities at all loads with accurate force and moment measurements.
  • Testing aircraft tires at high speed and high load on the flat belt produces realistic conditions and accurate data.
  • Collecting tire data and building tire models of truck tires to help ensure compliance with FMVSS 136 (Electronic Stability Control Systems for Heavy Vehicles).
  • Enjoying easy travel to our facility and amenities like dedicated workstations in direct proximity to test operators.
  • Taking advantage of our team’s expertise, professionalism and flexibility.

More info on FMVSS 136 >