Discover more about the topics and technologies to be discussed at this year's conference, via a series of exclusive interviews with a selection of our expert speakers
Thirumal Alagu Palanichamy, doctoral researcher at IBNM, Leibniz Universität Hannover, explains how the University, in collaboration with Continental Tyres, has found a way to accurately simulate tire tread deformation with less computational power, thanks to the Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian steady-state relative kinematic framework.
Frédéric Biesse, tire performance analysis expert at Michelin, introduces the tire giant’s quest to learn more about the behaviour of worn tires – particularly in wet conditions. As it turns out, worn tires from different manufacturers vary greatly in performance, but predicting worn tire performance and communicating it to consumers and law makers can be a dark art.
Neşe Kaynak, R&D engineer at Brisa Bridgestone and PhD student at Yalova University, introduces her research into an innovative filler system that combines traditional carbon black with an alumina silicate inorganic filler.
Dr Kamyar Alavi, senior technical advisor at Nynas, shares his insights on how bio-based oil plasticisers present a sustainable alternative to conventional, mineral tire oils, and talks about the challenges of introducing a new, more environmentally friendly material to complement a well-established one.
Jan Friederichs, research assistant and PhD student at the Institute for Automotive Engineering (IKA) and RWTH Aachen University, fills us in about his work on how dynamic tire footprints can help enhance and validate tire simulation.
Chidambaram Subramanian, graduate research assistant at Virginia Tech and CenTiRe, talks about new research to integrate sensors into tires, thus creating ‘intelligent tires’. Because sensors such as those for wheel speed, light, rain and vision systems remain limited in their scope for sensing road conditions, intelligent tires could be a large step forward in safety, especially for ADAS and autonomous driving features.
Dr Joachim Bertrand, director of marketing and sales for rubber at Behn Meyer Europe, talks about the company’s advances in linking epoxidised natural rubber with silica compounds, and why such combinations might finally offer a sustainable alternative to SSBR in tire compounds.
Enrico De Carolis, vice president of global technology, Emerson, discusses the company’s unique approach to machine safety, which enables reduced complexity in the design of redundant pneumatic safety circuits and improved tire manufacturing machine productivity.
Dr Anke Blume, professor of elastomer technology and engineering, and chair of the ETE department at the University of Twente, gives us a glimpse of a new concept for silica-polymer coupling that takes inspiration from hook-and-loop fasteners such as Velcro, ahead of her presentation at the forthcoming Tire Technology Expo 2019