ERJ staff report (DS)
Birmingham, UK - A scientist at Birmingham-based Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has been recognised for his work in developing a new tread compound that could increase the tyre life and reduce operating costs for airlines around the world.
James O'Callaghan, 26, from Erdington received the Sue Panteny Award from the UK-based Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The award was presented by Mike Beeson.
The new compound reduces the heat build up of the tyre and increases its abrasive resistance. Following extensive internal testing, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres will initiate controlled trials across various aircraft across Europe before deciding whether to incorporate it into new products.
While developing the new compound, James studied one-day a week for a polymer technology degree at Staffordshire University, which, after three years, he passed with first class honours last summer.
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