Make sure you visit the National Tire Research Center (NTRC) stand to learn more about two current topics in surface research. NTRC – the tire characterization division of the Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation (GCAPS) – has established itself as one of the leading locations for passenger, light truck and motorsports tire testing and research.
The first new area of surface research underway concerns the modeling and replication of real-world surfaces in the lab. Sova Motion will be demonstrating an analytical approach to transforming outdoor surface roughness data into viable surfaces for indoor flat belt testing.
The second area of research looks at surface contribution to tire test data. Typically, indoor tire testing is performed on sandpaper, and understanding the differences between sandpaper and asphalt tire test data is critical. Experts at the company will compare the results of indoor testing on multiple non-standard flat belt surfaces with the results of outdoor testing in both dry and wet conditions.
Tire Technology Expo Stand 3308