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Published on September 24, 2004

Energy Control Technology of Radial Medium Truck Tires

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Date Published September 24, 2004

Sumitomo Rubber Industries is improving tread wear and fuel consumption performance of Radial Medium truck Tires using two approaches. The first is to reduce the energy loss of the tread compound and the second is to reduce the strain energy loss which is generated when a tire is rolling. Previous methods to reduce energy consumption compromised both tread wear and wet performance. The paper discusses these new technologies, which together produce an environmentally friendly tire having well balanced performance properties.