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Inside Arctic Falls' Indoor Flex facility

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Raw footage taken in the new test hall at the Swedish proving ground, scheduled to open later this month

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Michelin launches recycling campaign

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The French tire maker has unveiled its ambitious future recycling strategy to ensure that by 2048, all of its tires are manufactured using 80% sustainable materials, and 100% of all end-of-life tires are recycled.

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A glimpse at Nokian's new test facility

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A rendering of the tire maker's new technology center in Spain shows what the facility will look like when it is complete in 2019. Find out more in the March 2018 issue (p60) of TTI

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In what year did Bridgestone officially launch its first run-flat tire?

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Patterns galore

TTI resident columnist considers the cost of diversifying product ranges

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by Gregory Smith

Prediction of ply steer and conicity

Walter discusses the effects of ply steer (pseudo-slip angle) and conicity (pseudo-camber angle) on vehicle behavior

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by Joe Walter

Winning feeling

According to Damiano Capra, an experienced tire engineer working in the field of motorsport, in order to achieve crucial gains in vehicle performance, a tire's bulk temperature needs to be controlled

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The magic of nylon

David Southwell, independent tire consultant and failure analyst, discusses maximizing long-term tire structural durability

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David Southwell, independent tire consultant and failure analyst

Assisting an agent

Anna Eriksson, a chemical engineer specializing in polymer technology at Nynas Naphthenics, explains how naphthenic oil, which is compatible with all sorts of rubber, facilitates the dispersion of insoluble sulfur, the vulcanizing agent used in the production of tire rubber

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Back to black

Jeffrey Parks, MD of the Retread Tire Association, discusses the collaboration between Tyromer Inc. and AirBoss Rubber Solutions to develop and implement a recycled rubber product that is being applied in AirBoss’s OTR tires

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by Jeffrey Parks, MD, Retread Tire Association

The new black

What should tire companies look for when investing in tire pyrolysis? Martin von Wolfersdorff, principal advisor, Wolfersdorff Consulting, offers his advice

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by Martin von Wolfersdorff

A sense of purpose

Gregory Smith believes that multi-axis accelerometers mounted to the tire’s innerliner during rig testing could provide new and more accurate information, enabling comparisons between tires to be made more thoroughly

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by Gregory Smith

Miles ahead

Jaap Leendertse, manager for PCR and SUV tires at Sumitomo Rubber Europe, discusses the key elements of the company’s Smart Tyre Concept introduced at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan

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Jaap Leendertse, manager for PCR and SUV tires, Sumitomo Rubber Europe

What is the function of tire taxes?

TTI resident columnist Joe Walter, considers the role that tire taxes play worldwide

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by Joe Walter

The challenges of developing EV tires

Martin Winter, head development engineer at the Hankook European Technical Center, discusses how the growing market of electric vehicles has affected the tire development landscape

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Martin Winter, head development engineer, Hankook European Technical Center

What is the role of government?

Independent tire consultant and failure analyst David Southwell debates whose responsibility it to is monitor tire safety

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by David Southwell, independent tire consultant and failure analyst, Australia

Worn over time

Walter assesses how to accurately predict tire wear – and concludes that a simpler, universally recognized technique is needed to replace current lab test machines

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by Joe Walter

Making waves

Resident columnist Gregory Smith looks toward the future of driverless and autonomous cars and their effect on tire development

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by Gregory Smith

Modular simulation

Flavio Farroni, researcher at the University of Naples, discusses recent breakthroughs at the university spin-off company MegaRide, which is focused on applied vehicle research and works closely with the vehicle dynamics group at the Italian university. 

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by Flavio Farroni, researcher at University of Naples

Growth potential

Amey Amanaji, automotive and transportation research expert at Markets & Markets, foresees global growth in the OE segment due to an increase in vehicle parc

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by Amey Amanaji, automotive and transportation research expert, Markets & Markets

Simple plans

Walter believes a cordless injection-molded tire could be commercially viable with new materials

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by Joe Walter

Cutting corners

Smith considers how to semi-populate a tire model with a reduced data set – and how useful the results would be

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by Gregory Smith

The right combination

Terry Gettys, executive VP of R&D at Michelin, eyes a sustainable future, underlining the group's aim to recycle 100% of scrap tires into new products

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With Terry Gettys, executive VP of R&D, Michelin Group

A new approach

Smith considers how viable – and how useful – it is to fully test a single tire

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by Gregory Smith

Clever concepts

TTI's resident columnist Joe Walter considers the application of symmetry and asymmetry in tire design

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by Joe Walter

Learn from failure

David Southwell, an independent tire consultant and failure analyst from Australia, considers how to maximize component adhesion while minimizing cost and scrap, and enhancing productivity

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by David Southwell, independent tire consultant and failure analyst, Australia

It's a smart idea

Nikhil Kaitwade, research manager for automotive and transportation at Future Market Insights, discusses how to best market the benefits of low rolling resistance tires to consumers

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by Nikhil Kaitwade, research manager for automotive and transportation, Future Market Insights

An outside job

Jacob Peled, executive chairman, Pelmar Engineering, explains why he believes rubber compounds are to become an outsourced product and assesses the impact on plant planning

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by Jacob Peled, executive chairman, Pelmar Engineering

Nature's proving ground

David Southwell, an independent tire consultant and failure analyst, considers the conditions under which truck tires operate in Australia, a large, hot country that relies heavily on road transport

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by David Southwell, independent tire consultant and failure analyst, Australia

Paradigm shift

According to Burak İlgün, manager of business development and PCR tires, at Kordsa Global, hybrid reinforcement cord can help emerging global tire makers to meet the demands for production of high value added tires

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by Burak İlgün, manager of business development and PCR tires, Kordsa Global

Modernizing tire handling

Don Heelis, mechanical engineer and senior systems sales manager at Cimcorp, offers advice on how to efficiently and effectively integrate automation into a factory

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by Don Heelis, mechanical engineer and senior systems sales manager, Cimcorp

Ahead of the game

Marc Flederus, owner at Ferm RFID Solutions and speaker at the Tire Technology Expo Conference in 2017, reveals new opportunities for the use of RFID technology in tires

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by Marc Flederus, owner, Ferm RFID Solutions

What's that noise?

Jacob Peled, executive chairman at Pelmar Engineering, has concerns about the pass-by noise levels of Eastern-produced tires

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by Jacob Peled, executive chairman, Pelmar Engineering

Advances in noise test instrumentation

Bay Systems owner Alan Bennetts believes that the use of tire cavity microphones in future laboratory testing could help researchers to capture the complete envelope of possible use

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by Alan Bennetts, owner, Bay Systems

Smart thinking

WheelRight’s chief executive, John Catling, discusses the growing need for automated tire pressure monitoring and presents his vision for the 'intelligent' highway

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by John Catling, chief executive, WheelRight

Maximized potential

Tom Rosenmayer, VP of technology at Lehigh Technologies, winner of Environmental Achievement of the Year in the 2015 Tire Technology International Awards, discusses the growth of sustainable materials in tires

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by Tom Rosenmayer, VP of technology, Lehigh Technologies

Positive thinking

Joe Walter assesses the impact of tires on global warming, and notes some of the phenomenon's positive effects that will benefit the planet amid the wide-spread negative media coverage

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by Joe Walter

Measuring friction

Regular TTI columnist Gregory Smith assesses the complexities and science behind tire friction measurement

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by Gregory Smith

Autonomous vehicle tires

Dean Tener, technical manager of the Smithers Rapra tire testing center in North America, discusses the challenges of developing tires for autonomous vehicles

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by Dean Tener, technical manager, Smithers Rapra tire testing center

Pressure points

TyrePal's business development manager, Peter Tillotson, discusses the lack of TPMS regulation for alternative vehicles and the impact this is having upon fuel consumption, breakdown costs and driver safety

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by Peter Tillotson, business development manager, TyrePal

Can temperature mapping help reduce rolling resistance?

Alan Bennetts, owner at Bay Systems, analyzes the importance of thermodynamics measurement in the development of new tire variants

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by Alan Bennetts, owner, Bay Systems

Effective mass continued...

Alan Thomas, director of research and consultancy at CAVT, in the UK, follows up on Joe Walter’s latest column on effective mass, to reiterate a basic engineering principle that is often overlooked by the automotive industry

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by Alan Thomas, director of research and consultancy, CAVT

Data directory: Tire materials supply to grow by 3.1%

Smithers Rapra’s new report The Future of Tyre Raw Materials to 2021 provides exclusive insight into the key threats, opportunities and disruptive technologies that could shape tire material supply and demand

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by Roger Rothon, consultant, Smithers Rapra

The tire's place in fuel economy

Vehicle fuel energy is consumed not only in linear motion, but also in overcoming the inertia of rotating components. These spinning components create a dynamic response, known as an ‘effective mass’, that seemingly increases the overall bulk of an accelerating vehicle. This virtual mass, added to vehicle weight as an equivalent non-rotating constituent, adversely affects the acceleration performance and fuel economy of all road cars

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by Joe Walter

Effective use of FE modeling

The Young Scientist Prize winner explains why he believes that FE modeling is only worthwhile for tire makers and invites industry members to give successful examples of the commercial deployment of tire FE models outside tire companies

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by Gregory Smith

The final chapter

At the 2015 Tire Technology Expo, long-time TTI contributor Roger Williams received a Lifetime Achievement Award. In his final column for TTI, Roger looks back on a 55-year career that began at the age of 17 working with cross-ply tires at Dunlop

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by Roger Williams

Air springs, hovercraft and tires

Walter considers the similarities between the role of tires and air springs

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by Joe Walter

Better rolling resistance measurement

Smith considers the pros and cons of rolling resistance measurement methods and strong contenders for improvement

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by Gregory Smith

Collaboration between tire and road experts

Discussions on road surface noise generation lead Roger Williams to speculate on the possibilities for better surface modeling. Is it time to agree on an ideal surface and tune tire properties accordingly?

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by Roger Williams

Damage limitation

Just as roads wear tires, tires also wear roads. Walter considers the extent of pavement surface damage from tires

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by Joe Walter

Challenges of force and moment testing

The second installment from our new columnist Gregory Smith

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by Gregory Smith

Testing tires in the simulator

The extent to which simulators can be used to test tires has long been a subject of debate and is still an area of research requiring significant improvements. We speak to leading experts to ask their opinions on the matter

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The importance of using recycled tires

Discarded tires must continue to be reused for other purposes!

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by Joe Walter

Tire trade associations

Roger Williams wonders whether tire trade associations have
become outdated. Will they take up the mantle of promoting
new, more ambitious performance standards for the future?

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by Roger Williams

Alternative fossil fuels

Our columnist considers the commercial challenges facing fossil fuel alternatives

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by Joe Walter

What do lightbulbs and tires have in common?

Roger Williams observes that once upon a time, tires and light bulbs both tended to fail at the most inconvenient times. Today, however, they follow a common path of development…

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by Roger Williams

Tire tread patterns: a potted history

If it didn’t rain and roads remained dry, there would be no need for tread patterns in all their detailed variety...

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by Joe Walter

When will tires last as long as vehicles?

The answer to raw material shortages on the back of rising demand for tires could be to introduce much longer-lasting designs

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by Roger Williams

Fairness or otherwise?

The USA has a long history of trade conflicts with other nations, but more recently the main focus has been on confrontations with Japan and China...

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by Joe Walter

Indirect TPMS could be the key to intelligent tires

The electronic integration of the tire with the vehicle has made slow progress. Roger Williams wonders whether advances in indirect TPMS show that the intelligent tire could be achieved by other means

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by Roger Williams

Tire material effects

The environmental, safety and health-related effects of different materials

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by Joe Walter

Vehicle OEMs at the Tire Technology Conference

The Tire Technology Expo and Conference has successfully
evolved to include raw materials. Now it’s time that the vehicle
manufacturers joined in, to complete the tire technology circle

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by Roger Williams

How could tire weight be reduced?

It is generally acknowledged that the automobile’s most complex, safety-critical component is the pneumatic tire – a remarkable combination of cord, rubber and steel...

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by Joe Walter

Tire trends in 2014

Roger Williams assesses the tire ‘fashions’ on parade in 2014 and beyond, and wonders whether vehicle manufacturers will ever keep up with the pace of innovation in tire science and engineering

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by Roger Williams

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