Truck Tire Testing

The high load capabilities of Calspan’s tire testing equipment makes it well suited for testing truck 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.

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


Calspan's test facility is equipped to perform dynamic tire testing to characterize important tire attributes. With the support of our design office, electronics/software developers, and machine shop, custom test setups can quickly and effectively be put in place to meet any tire research or test needs.


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.

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.
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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.


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