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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 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become outdated.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

Inefficient internal combustion engines

Joe Walter discusses the demand for greater fuel efficiency

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by Joe Walter

The availability or otherwise of runflats

As a driver who believes in progress in the safety and convenience of driving, Roger Williams conducted informal research to assess the availability of runflat or run-on tires in the vehicle showroom

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by Roger Williams

Reflecting on 20 years of technology

Joe Walter recalls some of the most pioneering moments in the tire industry from the past two decades

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by Joe Walter

The evolution of technology

Roger Williams has been a stalwart of Tire Technology International for many of its first 20 years. Here he reflects on his ‘time in office’ and notes that technology has not advanced as rapidly as he had hoped

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by Roger Williams

Innovative ideas

Concepts have come and gone throughout the history of the tire industry. Some successful, others not so much

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by Joe Walter

Is the industry in denial?

A visit to a car dealership prompts Roger Williams to question why the market application of new tire technologies to road cars lags so far behind the state of the research art. Is the tire industry in denial?

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by Roger Williams

The concept of mechanics

What happens inside the structure of a tire and at the tire-road interface during cornering is fascinating

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by Joe Walter

Law infringements

Roger Williams believes that the tire industry will have to do a better job of explaining its technology if infringements of the new laws and regulations are to be brought before a court of law

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by Roger Williams

It's what's inside that counts

The structural elements of a tire – the steel belts, fabric casing and bead wire – bear a large percentage of the load

 

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by Joe Walter

Computer technology in tire development

The future of tires is looking truly intelligent, with an increase in computer technology to predict and measure critical safety and performance aspects

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by Roger Williams

Tire test standards

Joe Walter considers how the number of vehicle and tire regulations is rapidly increasing

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by Joe Walter

Material development

Roger Williams discusses the continous growth in materials development for tires

 

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by Roger Williams

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