Center for Tire Research
An NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

CenTiRe has already completed a number of research projects encompassing a wide range of topics in the areas of materials, modeling, testing, and manufacturing.  Research work that has been completed is stored on the Center's website for access by members who were active in the year of completion.

Projects completed in 2017 

  • Characterization and molecular modeling of filler-polymer interface  
  • CFD of air-related noise generation mechanisms at the tire/road interface  

Projects completed in 2016

  • A novel methodology for durability assessment of tire materials
  • Towards a self-powered structural health-monitoring smart tire
  • Surface engineering approach for enhanced filler dispersion and hysteresis reduction in rubber compounds
  • In situ nanofiller formation during tire rubber compounding

Projects completed in 2015

  • Discrete and FE tire model for antilock braking system simulation
  • Multiscale modeling of tire-road contact and adhesion
  • Multiscale modeling of tire-road contact and adhesion (macro measurement)
  • Pneumatic tire performance on ice
  • A portable low-cost system for high-speed high-precision surface profiling (micro)
  • Experimental tire noise
  • Formulate a general element for modeling rubber reinforcements

Projects completed in 2014

  • Using FEA to Simulate the Dynamic Tearing of Rubber
  • Green(er) Tire Technology
  • Rolling Resistance of Smart Fabrics for Smart Tires
  • Effective Parametric Finite Element Tire Models for Simplified Transient Response
  • Continuous Ultrasonic In-Situ Copolymerization of Rubber Blends Suitable in Tire Applications