Tire noise is one of the major causes of road traffic noise. The high-frequency component dominates tire radiation noise, which is caused by tire tread bending vibration excited by rough road surface textures. As a result of such complicated phenomena, including very complicated tread vibration modes in the high-frequency range, heavy damping, and non-periodic patterns of the road surface texture, the modal analysis approach may appear to have a low potential for analyzing this problem. Based on the above considerations, we attempted to model the tread vibration phenomenon as a group of traveling bending waves excited at an array of pavement chippings. By setting the tread shoulders as reflecting lines, the interference effect of diagonally propagating direct and reflected waves is clarified. The vibration propagation speed and decay rate were estimated through shaker tests. The shape of the probability distribution function of the chippings intervals affects the traveling wave patterns. These observations will help engineers to develop less noisy tires.

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