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Research Portfolio

Research Program

The Center’s cooperative program research projects are integrated into four (4) highly interdisciplinary research thrust areas that cover a broad spectrum of tire science and engineering. These are tire Materials, Modeling, Manufacturing, and Testing.


Use of new advanced materials that can enhance the performance of the tire and reduce the rolling resistance is of high value to the tire and automotive companies. The new technologies and relevant technical base to drive development of competitive technologies in polymer and nano materials for advanced, high performance tires will be the main focus of this research thrust area.


Constitutive modeling, tire-road interaction modeling, physical and empirical tire modeling, road profiling and modeling and use of these models in a simulation model that can provide improvements offered by the new materials developed.


The new materials that will be developed require new and state of the art manufacturing processes that requires research.


Developing test equipment to simplify the research associated with material development and to allow for simulation model validation and any other test equipment that provides insight or improves current understanding of tires will be developed.