Fuzzy logic system based prediction effort: A case study on the effects of tire parameters on contact area and contact pressure

H. Taghavifar, A. Mardani

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Various methodologies of artificial intelligence have been recently used for estimating performance parameters of soil working machines and off-road vehicles. Due to nonlinear and stochastic features of soil–wheel interactions, application of knowledge-based Mamdani max–min fuzzy expert system for estimation of contact area and contact pressure is described in this paper. Fuzzy logic model was constructed by use of the experience of contact area and contact pressure utilizing data obtained from series of experimentations in soil bin facility and a single-wheel tester. Two paramount tire parameters: wheel load and tire inflation pressure are the input variables for our model, each has five membership functions. As a fundamental aspect of the fuzzy logic based prediction systems, a set of fuzzy if-then rules were used in accordance with fuzzy logic principles. 25 linguistic if-then rules were included to develop a complicated highly intelligent predicting model based on Centroid method at defuzzification stage. The model performance was assessed on the basis of several statistical quality criteria. Mean relative error lower than 10%, satisfactory scattering around unity-slope line (T), and high coefficient of determination, R2, were obtained by the fuzzy logic model proposed in this study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-396
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Soft Computing Journal
Issue numberPart C
Early online date14 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • Fuzzy logic system
  • Contact area
  • Contact pressure
  • Soil bin
  • Prediction model

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