Frank SchmerwitzFrank studied chemical engineering in Halle-Merseburg and Dortmund. In 1999 he joined Contitech GmbH and then Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH in 2007.
Characterisation of Schallamach surface structures at tire tread material
The transfer of force from the tire to the road results in the formation of a boundary layer on the tread material. The characteristic feature of this boundary layer are wave-like patterns on a microscopic scale. These patterns form and change with each revolution of the wheel, they are modified by the detachment of rubber material and by the intake of road dust - and they are characteristic to the friction mechanism and to the abrasion mechanism.