Researchers at Firestone have considered the energy savings from using lighter wheels, and energy costs and paybacks from them. Based on their work, foam-filled wheels and glass-fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) wheels will give the most benefit per energy dollar. The FRP wheels have shown advantages over steel and aluminum wheels but refinements must be made in the areas of impact resistance, short-term fatigue resistance, viscoelasticity, and environmental effects. Foam-filled wheels utilizing syntactic foam between steel discs do not meet current impact and burst tests but the use of thermoplastics may help the situation.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 86-93
  • Serial:
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Volume: 88
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • ISSN: 0098-2571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334775
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-030 581
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM