MANUAL Published: 01 June 2023

Chapter 2 | Tires


The transportation of people and goods on the world's roadways depends on rubber. In this review, the tires are discussed in terms of the relationships between rubber properties and tire performance. The tire not only carries a load, but also transmits forces to steer, accelerate, and brake. This functionality is accomplished by a range of components in the tire that ensures the final product meets the intended performance requirements. The specialized composite that is the tire is constructed from polymeric materials and functional chemicals, as well as textile and metallic components assembled through a complex manufacturing process. Tire performance requirements include traction, wear resistance, and fuel efficiency, in addition to noise, comfort, handling, aging, and tire endurance. A summary of available ASTM standards related to tires and tire performance evaluation is provided at the end of the chapter.

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Veas, Nina
Chemistry Dept., Furman University, Greenville, SC, US
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Developed by Committee: D11
Pages: 33–62
DOI: 10.1520/MNL7520190015
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7157-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7156-5