Goodyear Marks 75 Years at Proving Grounds with Facility Expansion

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As it celebrates its 75th year of tire testing operations in San Angelo, Texas, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is planning two new expansion projects at the facility.

Goodyear has added a second vehicle dynamics area – a 324,000 square foot paved pad – and is currently building an additional evaluation facility for off-the-road products that will include equipment for testing earthmover tires.

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Professor works with NASA to design better tires for Mars

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nine years ago, NASA’s Mars rover Spirit sent its last signal from the Red Planet. The rover had ground to a halt on the sands of Mars, its tires sinking and spinning futilely in the fine-grained particles. “Spirit got stuck (and it) ended its mission,” said Heather Oravec, a mechanical engineering research associate professor at the University of Akron who is contracted to work full time at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Spirit was willing, but its tires were weak.

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Continental gives details on its new Advanced Indoor Evaluation Center in Uvalde, Texas

Continental has opened a new US$10m Advanced Indoor Evaluation Center at its Uvalde, Texas proving ground to increase the speed at which it develops new technologies. The facility closely mimics Continental’s other worldwide indoor test centers and will provide additional capacity to the tire maker’s other test sites.

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UK testing for motorway surfaced with recycled tyres

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When the rubber hits the…rubber: Highways England is trialling a new road surface using recycled tyres. The rubber-asphalt mix has been laid on a section of the M1 near Leicester and is now being evaluated for durability.

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Canada leads the way to an autonomous future

At universities across Canada, the future of transportation is taking shape. From autonomous vehicles (AVs) to electrification, the institutions’ groundbreaking work is helping Canada to prepare for the coming autonomous and electric vehicle (EV) revolution. In the process, the schools are also helping to raise Canada’s profile as a global leader in AV and EV research.

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Toyo Tires setting up European R&D centre

In just a few months’ time, Toyo Tire Corporation will begin research and development work at a new site in Europe. The tyre maker is setting up an R&D centre in Willich, Germany to support its future factory in Serbia, and intends to start operations there in the autumn. Having a local R&D presence in the vicinity of vehicle manufacturers and related companies will, says Toyo, be beneficial in terms of the quality and freshness of the information gained.

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Toyo presents intelligent tire design platform T-Mode

Toyo Tire has advanced its conventional tire design base technology, which blends computer aided engineering and artificial intelligence, into a new development process badged T-Mode.

It uses a combination of two simulation technologies employing supercomputers – tire simulation, which reproduces tire motion for performance prediction and structural analysis, and driving simulation, which involves modeling of the vehicle, and takes into account passenger numbers, loads, driving patterns and more, to assess the impact of vehicle motion on tires.

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Firestone, Dow contribute to energy modeling tool

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MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow will collaborate with Firestone Building Products L.L.C. to create an energy modeling tool for analysis of the use of polyurethane roofing insulation from Firestone.

The tool will accurately describe reductions in cost, energy and greenhouse gas emissions of commercial structures using the Isogard-brand insulation material, according to a Firestone news release.

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Kumho European Technical Centre under new leadership

At the beginning of June, 50-year-old Matthias Bode (above) took over as head of Kumho’s European Technical Centre (KETC) in Mörfelden-Walldorf, Germany. He is responsible for the development of all Kumho products for the European original equipment and replacement tire markets, and reports to M J Lee, senior vice president at the company’s global R&D center in Korea.

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Nexen partners with Silicone Valley accelerator to propel tire tech development

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Nexen Tire America Inc. is partnering with Plug and Play L.L.C., a Silicon Valley-based innovation platform and startup accelerator, to help connect with up-and-coming tire and auto technology development companies.

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