Smithers Rapra discusses the application of force and moment data in relation to tire modeling

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Smithers Rapra recently provided insight at the Global Tire Tech Forum, which was organized by China Rubber Industry Association. Henry He (above), general manager at Smithers Rapra’s Suzhou Tire and Wheel Testing Laboratory, spoke about the application of force and moment data in relation to tire modeling.

“Our testing services span the globe, and we are proud to have Henry represent our laboratory in China and the advances we have made,” said Derek Read, VP for global development – Asia.

“Henry has years of expertise, making him an excellent resource when it comes to educating OEMs, tire makers, and suppliers about the integral role of force and moment evaluations.”

He’s presentation focused on the history of force and moment testing technology and expanded into the importance of the data and measurement techniques. From cornering stiffness to load sensitivity and alignment torque, as well as useful data for tire models required by vehicle OEMs, He showed how tire development engineers can develop their test plans to meet project goals.

“Tire modeling is heavily dependent on collecting a variety of force and moment data points and different load requirements,” said He. “The tire development process depends more and more on modeling to meet validation requirements and adhere to production timelines, and laboratory testing is growing to support this need.”

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