Technology: Yokohama machine evaluates water absorption effect in winter tires

Tokyo – Yokohama Rubber Co, in a joint research project with Kanazawa University’s Tribology Laboratory, has developed an evaluation technology that visualises rubber’s frictional state of contact on an icy surface

The new evaluation technology will enable the discovery of new compounding agents with high water absorbency and facilitate more precise development of tread patterns that deliver higher drainage performance, Yokohama announced 26 Sept.

Image of contact area in rubber with water-absorbing agent (L) versus image…

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