KINGSPORT, Tenn.—Three Eastman Chemical Co. representatives will present topics at the International Tire Exhibition and Conference, held Sept. 11-13 in Akron at the John S. Knight Center.
The presentations will cover using insoluble sulfur to improve manufacturing productivity, the relationship between resin chemistry and tire performance, and innovative solutions to maintain steel cord adhesion, according to an Eastman news release.
Yating Mao, application research scientist, will present "Solubility of Resin in Rubber and Subsequent Impact on Compound Performance" Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. Mao developed and compared several techniques to determine the best approach to measuring resin solubility in rubber compounds. She will discuss her work, as well as resin solubility, resin properties and tire performance.
Jonathan Penney, group leader for Crystex applications, will present "Crystex Cure Pro Insoluble Sulfur: The Next Generation of Insoluble Sulfur" Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. He will discuss technology innovations using the product to deliver productivity and sustainability benefits to tire plant operators. Penney will review plant-scale experiments with thermal imaging techniques and vulcanizate physical property evaluations that have shown mixing and calendering efficiency improvements of 10-25 percent in optimized processes, Eastman said.
Sepideh Niknezhad, advanced application research scientist, will present "Duralink HTS as Brass Coated Steel Cord Adhesion Promoter" Sept. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Niknezhad will discuss how bis-bunte salts mix, activate and react during cure in different compound formulations. She will also examine how the mechanism of action in Duralink HTS impacts compound properties such as steel cord adhesion, reversion resistance and tear strength.