THE SELF-SUPPORTING TIRE: A NEW CONCEPT IN VEHICLE MOBILITY

Elimination of the spare tire has long been a goal of the automotive industry. Providing vehicle mobility with only four tires, however, has been a very complex product, design assignment for the tire industry. The four-tire system must be designed to perform satisfactorily in both the inflated and the uninflated modes, thus creating a whole new matrix of design/performance relationships. In developing such a totally- new tire/wheel system, testing procedures must be developed to evaluate design concepts, screen materials and establish product performance levels. This paper traces the evolution of a new tire system requiring only two components: a modified one-piece rim, and a specially-designed tire which structurally supports itself at zero inflation pressure. This paper also describes testing procedures during the program to screen design concepts and establish product performance levels. /HSRI/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the International Automotive Engineering Congress and Exposition held by the Society of Automotive Engineers in Detroit, February 28-March 4, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Alden, J T
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00152957
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 770349
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 1977 12:00AM