Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2001

Department

Mathematics

Abstract

WE CONSIDER FACTORS INFLUENCING the build-up of corrugations on dirt roads and the reactions of vehicles to them. We suggest that corrugations are (at least in part) a consequence of a natural tangential oscillation of the tread surface of the car lure that occurs when the vehicle is being driven or braked. Secondly, we suggest that the unpleasant vibration experienced by a vehicle passing over a corrugated road is the result of a beat produced by the difference of the frequency of oscillation of its own tyres and the frequency of the stimulation received by the vehicle due to passage over a corrugated road. We consider how this is affected by actions that the driver can take and conclude with some recommendations and observations of related effects.

Comments

©South African Journal of Science

Publication Title

South African Journal of Science

Volume

97

Issue

9-10

First Page

357

Last Page

358

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