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The winners of this year's Tire Technology International Lifetime Achievement Awards have been honored in recognition of their careers of outstanding service to the tire industry

by Graham Heeps

 



Two greats of the tire industry received Tire Technology International Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2015 Tire Technology Expo in Cologne, Germany. The popular recipients of the coveted accolade were Professor Hans Pacejka (right), best known for his widely used Magic Formula tire model, and Dr Roger Williams (left), the former head of Dunlop research and a long-time technical advisor to the Tire Technology Conference and Tire Technology International magazine.

Professor Pacejka’s career started in the late-1950s with his development of the first 3D car model as a student at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands – where he spent almost his entire career – and Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory. His later work with the Magic Formula and Swift tire models (the latter developed by PhD students under his supervision) is better known, but Pacejka described the early 3D car model, as well as his investigation into the shimmy phenomenon, as being among his proudest achievements. The work on shimmy began during Pacejka’s military service and focused on a light army truck!

Professor Pacejka is now retired but revealed in Cologne that he has recently been working on the fourth edition of his important reference work, Tyre and Vehicle Dynamics.

Roger Williams is well known to readers of Tire Technology International for the dozens of articles and opinion pieces he has contributed to the magazine over more than a decade. He has also been central to the development and ongoing success of the Tire Technology Expo and Conference, having overseen the conference programme for 15 years.

His long and distinguished research career at Dunlop in the UK, culminating in being its director of research in the 1990s, included runflat tire research, tire pressure monitoring system development and, perhaps most notably of all, some pioneering work on tire-road surface interaction.

In an entertaining and off-the-cuff acceptance speech – Williams did not know in advance that he would be receiving the award – he paid tribute to his mentors at Dunlop, notably Dr Eric Gough and Dr Cliff Barson: “You can’t do these things by yourself, you have to do them with a team of people and I was lucky to learn from some of the greats of the industry,” he said. “I have to thank people who worked for me as well because they suffered for a long time!”

Williams published around 100 papers during his research career and has a dozen patents to his name. Since his retirement from Dunlop he has served as a consultant to numerous organizations.

Click here to watch a video interview with Professor Hans Pacejka. Click here to watch a video interview with Dr Roger Williams.

February 26, 2015

 

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