Welcome to attendee registration for the Tire Mechanics Symposium

The 47th Tire Mechanics Symposium will be held Sept. 10-14, 2018 in Akron, OH, USA,
concurrently with ITEC Tire Manufacturing (Sept. 11-13).
 
This educational and developmental course will provide engineers and scientists with an in-depth, intense study of the latest developments surrounding tire engineering. The course is designed for practicing engineers, chemists and scientists who are concerned with tires and vehicles and who have an engineering or science background at the Bachelor of Science level. The basic and practical aspects of the mechanics of pneumatic tires will be introduced by internationally renowned experts in tire mechanics. Over 1,000 pages of course notes prepared by the instructors will be provided for all participants. Those who complete this course will receive a certificate from the University of Akron. 
 
PROGRAM SCHEDULE
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Dr. Benjamin T.F. Chung, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Akron
 
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Complimentary Lunch, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
THE TIRE AS A VEHICLE COMPONENT
Dr. Gerald Potts, GRP Consulting, Akron, Ohio
Today’s pneumatic tire must serve four functions: (1) support a moving load; (2) generate steering forces; (3) generate driving and braking forces; and (4) provide isolation from road irregularities. In examining the complex mechanism involved in satisfying the four requirements, participants will study the tire’s importance in determining overall vehicle performance; for no matter what level of complexity is designed into a vehicle, its only communication with the road is through tires, which must be tough and strong, yet flexible. 
  1. Basic Function
  2. Lateral Force Tire Models
  3. Cornering Transients
  4. Vehicle Ride Characteristics
 
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., (Complimentary Lunch, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
TIRE MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING
Dr. Joseph Walter, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Akron
The materials used in today’s pneumatic tires are designed to act in concert with construction features to provide optimum durability and balanced performance for the expected service conditions. The proper combination of compound formulations and structural reinforcements is crucial for successful tire operation. These materials and constructions must then be processed efficiently within the tire factory beginning with mixing, continuing with extrusion, calendering, and component assembly, and ending with vulcanization prior to final inspection.
  1. Tire Construction and Materials
  2. Tire Polymers and Rubber Compounds
  3. Textile and Steel Cord Reinforcement
  4. Tire Manufacturing
    1. Rubber compound operations
    2. Tire component operations
 
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Visit to the ITEC Exhibition Floor
 
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Complimentary Reception with ITEC Attendees
 
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., (Complimentary Lunch, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
IMPACT OF RUBBER AND REINFORCEMENT PROPERTIES ON TIRE FOOTPRINT MECHANICS
Dr. Mahmoud Assaad, Global Tire Performance Prediction, Computational Mechanics, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
The viscoelastic behavior of the rubber compounds and the reinforcing cords influences the stability of the tire footprint shape. Additional physical properties such as the strain dependency of both constituents and their thermal stability contribute to the contact pressure distribution. The resultant tire forces and moments transmitted to the vehicle are measured using tri-axial force pin transducers or pressure sensitive mats. The interaction between the materials behavior and the tire global response control the mechanics of tire abradibility and wear characteristics. The following topics will be discussed:
  1. Rubber viscoelasticity, Static, Dynamic, and Fracture Properties
  2. Fibers and Cords: load-displacement, creep, stress relaxation, and shrinkage
  3. Cornering Transients
  4. Footprint Mechanics and Tire Forces and Moments
 
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Visit to the ITEC Exhibition Floor
 
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., (Complimentary Lunch, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
ADVANCED TIRE MODELING
Dr. Joseph Padovan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Akron
This presentation will include past, present and possible future analytical-numerical models of the tire, a development of the tire behavior and discussion of current numerical simulation techniques.
  • Introduction to FEA Modeling
  • Overall Methodology
  • Multi Length Scale Modeling of Tire
  • Time Dependent Properties of Elastomers (SBR, BR, NR, EPDM, etc.) and Plastics (Nylon, Kevlar, Nylon, Polyester, etc.)
  • Critical Speed
  • Rolling Resistance
  • FEA Modeling of Tire Stochastic Effects
  • Optimization of Cord Spacing
  • Fracture Mechanics Fundamentals
  • Modeling Stochastic Effects on Durability
  • Overall Fatigue Analysis Procedure
  • Hydroplaning and Wear
  • Thermo-mechanochemistry
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Complimentary Lunch, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
TIRE STRESS AND DEFORMATION ANALYSIS
Dr. Michael Trinko, Technical Center, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  (Retired)
The properties of the anisotropic cord rubber composite have primary control of the overall performance characteristics of pneumatic tires. In order to optimize a given tire performance, knowledge of the combined cord rubber composite material properties is necessary and will be covered in this part of the course.
  1. Composite Material Properties Calculation
  2. II. Analytical Techniques (Classical Methods)
    A. Equilibrium Tire Design
    B. Cord Loads, Belt Loads, Sidewall Loads
C. Air Diffusion Calculation
D. Beads Load, Bead Contact Forces
  1. Footprint Contact Behavior
  2. IV Cord Loads for Traction, Cornering
 
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
COURSE EVALUATIONS AND DISTRIBUTION OF COURSE CERTIFICATES
Dr. Benjamin T.F. Chung, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Akron
 
Course Fees:*
Full Session: $1,850.00 USD
Single Day: $550.00 USD
On Site Full Session: $2,050.00 USD
On Site Single Day: $650.00 USD
For Course Details
For further details, please contact Dr Benjamin T F Chung:
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-3903 USA
330-972-7739 or bchung@uakron.edu 
 
Hotel Reservations

Residence Inn by Marriott Akron South Green
897 Arlington Ridge East
Akron, OH  44312
Phone: 330-644-2111
Hotel website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cakri-residence-inn-akron-south-green/
Complimentary shuttle van available upon request. Schedule with front desk upon arrival.

*Cancellation and Refunds Policy:
All cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing by August 10, 2018. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made after this date regardless of registration date or for no-shows. Refunds will be issued within 45 days after the conference, and a 10% processing fee will be deducted. Substitutions from the same company will be accepted in writing without penalty. Email cancellation requests to Sarah Arnold, marketing and events manager.