Technology: Fraunhofer claims tire-rubber advance

Schkopau, Germany – The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) claims to have developed a synthetic rubber (SR) with significantly better abrasion properties than natural rubber (NR).

The ‘BISYKA’ SR, which is being targeted at truck tires, was developed in a research project led by Dr Ulrich Wendler at a Fraunhofer pilot plant facility in Schkopau.

The team developed a neodymium-catalysed polyisoprene, with functionalised end groups then added to optimise interaction with components that impact abrasion properties.

Such optimisation “would not be possible with the existing grades…

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