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Center Overview

The Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe) provides research, development, and solutions to tire, vehicle, testing, and materials companies through modeling, analysis, testing, and demonstration of integrated solutions and systems. CenTiRe is dedicated to researching tire and tire/vehicle materials, physics (including modeling), testing, modeling, sustainability, and manufacturing.

Universities

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • University of Akron
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Center Personnel

Dr. Celal Batur
Center Co-Director
330-972-8698
celal@uakron.edu

Dr. Ron Kennedy
Managing Director
540-231-0461
ronkenn@vt.edu

Dr. Saied Taheri
Center Director
540-231-8250
staheri@vt.edu

Dr. Shing-Chung (Josh) Wong
Center Co-Director
330-972-8275
swong@uakron.edu

Research Focus

Materials
Developing new advanced materials or novel use of existing materials, or utilizing new molecular level or constitutive modeling techniques, to enhance the specified performance of the tire while maintaining and perhaps enhancing other performance areas. New materials technology is of high value to the tire, automotive, and materials supplier companies.

Sustainability
Developing technology that will allow better use of natural resources and consumer/production waste streams in the areas of tire materials, manufacturing, and post-life. New materials from sustainable sources, low environmental impact manufacturing, and tire recycling and reuse are of great interest to CenTiRe member companies.

Testing
Developing new equipment, procedures, or techniques for testing in areas such as new materials. Validating constitutive equations, tire-road interactions, and novel testing of tire performance. Providing more accurate, realistic, efficient, and economical testing capabilities is of great interest to our member companies.

Tire physics
Developing new insights and techniques that will allow CenTiRe’s industry members to understand and predict tire characteristics. This includes advancements in the mechanics of tire-road interaction modeling, physical and empirical tire modeling, road profile modeling, and developing simulation technology for use with pre- and postproduction tire and tire/vehicle performance assessments.

Awards