The purpose of this study is to better understand the potential three routes (compound changes) to improve wet and dry traction of a model tire tread compound.
The first examined the influence of natural rubber on wet and dry traction. In other words, is there an advantage to replace a portion of the polymer with polyisoprene? The second idea examined the influence of liquid polyisoprene on wet and dry traction. In this case liquid polyisoprene replaced a portion of the processing oil. The final route examined the effect of a resin (Impera P1504) on wet and dry traction.
The aromatic pure monomer resin was used in place of processing oil. Laboratory testing to determine the coefficient of friction (both wet and dry) was performed.