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


All research projects that are performed at CenTiRe are selected, mentored, and reviewed by our industry members.  Projects can span 1-3 years, and so we have projects completing while others are continuing or just starting. 

Projects that are now wrapping up are:

  • “CFD of air-related noise generation mechanisms at the tire/road interface”, Dr. Abhilash Chandy, University of Akron
  • “Characterization and molecular modeling of filler-polymer interface”, Dr. Yalin Dong and Dr. Jiahua Zhu, University of Akron

Final reports and project deliverables from these two projects will be received and made available to our industry members.

Projects that are continuing into the next project year are:

  • “Modulating silica-rubber interface by biorenewable urushiol-derived silanes”, Dr. Li Jia and Dr. Gary Hamed, University of Akron, and Dr. John Jelesko, Virginia Tech
  • “Modeling strain-energy distributions and failure properties for idealized particle dispersions and interfaces in filled elastomers”, Dr. David Simmons, University of Akron
  • “Tire-pavement noise modeling and correlation with experiments”, Dr. Ricardo Burdisso and Dr. Corina Sandu, Virginia Tech
  • “Multiscale modeling of tire wear”, Dr. Saied Taheri, Virginia Tech
  • “Static and operational characterization of tires modal vibration with novel non-contact techniques”, Dr. Pablo Tarazaga, Virginia Tech
  • “Tire-ice model validation and comparative analysis of tractive performance of tires on ice”, Dr. Corina Sandu, Virginia Tech
  • “Very high frequency testing of tire tread compounds for improved prediction of wet traction performance”, Dr Siamak Farhad, University of Akron
  • “Crosslinking combinations involving benzocyclobutene chemistry”, Dr. Coleen Pugh and Dr. Sadhan Jana, University of Akron

Two new projects have been selected by the IAB and will begin in August:

  • “Comprehensive multi-scale modeling of tire abrasion”, Dr. Saied Taheri and Dr. Maryam Shakiba, Virginia Tech
  • “A wave propagation approach for prediction of tire-pavement interaction noise (TPIN)”, Dr. Ricardo Burdisso and Dr. Corina Sandu, Virginia Tech