Friction modeling of a free-spinning bicycle wheel

Shuguang Huang, Mark Nagurka

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An experiment is conducted in which a free-standing bicycle wheel is given an initial angular speed and then allowed to slow down to rest. Measurements of the wheel speed, using a magnetic sensor, during the decay are compared to predictions from a model accounting for a combination of viscous and dry friction at the wheel bearing. The time history data indicate two dynamic regimes: (i) a higher speed phase corresponding to the first part of the motion for which a simple viscous friction model applies, and (ii) a slower speed phase corresponding to low speed to stop behavior for which a model involving both viscous and dry friction is proposed. A method is presented for finding the viscous and dry friction coefficients of the two phases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContact Mechanics - Friction
Subtitle of host publicationModeling and Experiment
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0791837068, 9780791837061
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event2003 STLE/ASME Joint International Tribology Conference - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States
Duration: 26 Oct 200329 Oct 2003

Publication series

NameContact Mechanics - Friction: Modeling and Experiment


Conference2003 STLE/ASME Joint International Tribology Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPonte Vedra Beach, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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