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


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Projects currently being conducted at CenTiRe are:

  • Modeling strain-energy distributions and failure properties for idealized particle dispersions and interfaces in filled elastomers  (No-cost Extension)
  • Very high frequency testing of tire tread compounds for improved prediction of wet traction performance  (No-cost Extension)
  • Comprehensive multi-scale modeling of tire abrasion (Year 3 of 3)
  • Evaluating rubber aging on tire durability: A combined modeling and experimental approach (Year 2 of 3)
  • Supramolecular reinforcement of rubber (Year 2 of 3)
  • 3D printed smart tires for health monitoring (Year 2 of 3)
  • Characterization of structure-borne vehicle interior noise (Year 2 of 3)
  • Assessment of tire attributes and mapping resulting correlations on the dynamic aero drag and lift coefficient on vehicles using CFD and design of experiments (Year 2 of 3)
  • Rubber lifetime performance: Coupling effects of dynamic aging and wear (Year 1 of 3)
  • Multi-length scale modeling and testing of wet traction (Year 1 of 3)
  • Assessment of the biotic and abiotic (chemical and environmental weathering) degradation on the fate of tire and road wear particles in soils (Year 1 of 3)
  • Rolling tire vibro-acoustic measurement and model development for structural-borne noise predictions (Year 1 of 3)