A tire test center in West Texas
Quiroga, Terry Alan
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The design of a testing facility is more than just a series of test tracks for high speed test runs with various track hazards combined on a given section of ground. It is the ultimate goal of the proving grounds to have on hand virtually all types of highway conditions that exist in the testing facility including as much as twenty miles of straight turnpike. Since automobile tires are not the only type of tires tested there will also be a need to have testing equipment and tracks for truck, tractor, and other types of tires. Since all types of automobiles are used for the tests it has become standard practice for economical reasons to run additional tests such as sparkplugs, oil filters, oil and other vehicle products while conducting tire tests. Dual testing will increase in general making it necessary to have space and facilities for this type of testing. This program will combine all known aspects of physical testing procedure along with limited data evaluation facilities. The proving grounds will provide necessary elements for the staff of the center to use. The public will be encouraged to view much of the testing that might be interesting to the viewer but, a security system will be in effect for commercial reasons. The design of the center will have much to do with the· site chosen. It must allow for many level changes along with the necessary flat land for the test tracks that must be built.