AKRON—Plastics and rubber technology expert Smithers Rapra is sponsoring the University of Michigan's Formula SAE team.
MRacing, Michigan's Formula SAE team, is collaborating with Smithers Rapra to gather lab data about tire performance and configure optimal construction specifications for the team's 2015 formula style racecar.
“When the MRacing team approached us to gain a better understanding of the 2015 racecar's tire performance, we suggested several test methods that could provide valuable data based on the car's design,” said Jesse Roeck, vice president and general manager, Smithers Rapra North America. “Our tire testing team has broad racing experience and expertise, and was able to apply that knowledge in a way that helped the team address its challenges and improve performance.”
Smithers Rapra's Force and Moment tire testing services was used to measure stresses and motions in tire footprints; tire forces and moments; lateral, longitudinal and vertical spring rates; and custom metrics, such as force development with distance rolled and bead or rim pressures. The results were used in vehicle models that balanced construction throughout the car, ensuring optimal performance under racing conditions.