Influence of snow structure and properties on the grip of winter tyres

The aim of this project is to investigate the friction of rubber and tyre treads on snow. It is a collaborative project with Michelin. We use tribological testing and materials characterisation techniques in a specially designed cold room facility to do this. Ultimately this knowledge will be used to improve tyre traction on snow.

This is a project in our materials, snow and ice mechanics group in Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. At the heart of what we do is to consider ice “as a material”. The essence of our approach is in understanding how fine scale structure influences large scale behaviour. We are interested in fundamentals of ice and snow and how that knowledge can be applied in practice.

Principal Investigator: 


Vasileios Koutsos

Research Institutes: 

  • Materials and Processes

Research Themes: 

  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 17:05