TARRC exhibited at Tire Technology Expo for the eighth consecutive year, in Cologne, Germany from 10th-12th February 2015.
TARRC showcased Malaysia's renewable natural rubber based material, EKOPRENATM on stand 6100.

EKOPRENATM, a sustainable speciality natural rubber material, produced in Malaysia, used as a replacement for synthetic rubber in tyres. EKOPRENA tyre compounds demonstrate groundbreaking performance in terms of low rolling resistance and high wet grip.

To find out more about Ekoprena please contact Dr Stuart Cook, TARRC’s Director of Research, scook@tarrc.co.uk or call +44 (0)1992 584966.

As part of the conference, which runs alongside the exhibition, TARRC scientists also gave presentations:

Dr Pamela Martin, a senior materials scientist at TARRC specialising in tyre compounds, talked about the analytical technique that has been identified to examine tyre wear in service. The technique gives an insight into the wear mechanism of tyres and represents a major step forward in the understanding of wear mechanisms in tyre compounds. The aim is in the future to develop a more reliable predictive laboratory test for tyre wear than is currently possible.

‘Visualisation of tread wear’ was presented on Tuesday 10th February in Session Four - Tires, Testing and Property Research.

Dr Anna Kepas-Suwara, another of TARRC’s senior materials scientists, gave a paper on Thursday 12th February in Session One – Tire Materials, Understanding their Physical and Chemical Properties. Her paper was entitled ‘Loss tangent and stiffness mapping of NR/BR blends using AFM’ and described studies at TARRC using the AM-FM technique of atomic force microscopy, which combines amplitude modulation mode (AM) with quantitative frequency modulation mode (FM), providing the capability for quantitative nanomechanical mapping of each polymer phase in the unfilled and filled NR/BR blends along with the topography measurement.

Please take a look at the Conference Programme for more details.

TTE offers the visitor a technology showcase covering materials and equipment through the complete spectrum of the tyre design and manufacturing process. TTE also offers visitors, exhibitors, and conference delegates an unrivalled networking opportunity within the tyre design and manufacturing sector.

If you wish to find out more information on TTE then take a look at the official exhibition and conference website at www.tiretechnology-expo.com.


19th February 2015
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