Coreform Wins Grant to Improve Tire Tread Simulation

Grant to be used to investigate use of isogeometric analysis on next-generation tire tread designs, company says.

Grant to be used to investigate use of isogeometric analysis on next-generation tire tread designs, company says.

Coreform LLC, developer of commercial spline-based simulation software, recently received a $1M Department of Energy grant to investigate using isogeometric analysis on next-generation tire tread designs.

The Department of Energy has awarded a significant grant to Coreform, a three-time Inc. 5000 company, to develop computer simulation processes that will increase the use of simulation in the advanced tire industry.

“Greater use of predictive simulation analysis for advanced tire tread designs will reduce the cost of product development and accelerate the adoption of both electric and self-driving cars,” notes Coreform Chief Strategy Officer Matthew Sederberg. “We anticipate this project will help the tire industry develop new and innovative tread patterns to reduce noise and improve energy efficiency.”

Tire wear currently accounts for as much as 4% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to experts. Innovative tire design improvements often include such small features that existing computer simulation software can take up to 8 weeks to complete a single analysis. Since tires require
testing across a range of issues, from tread wear to noise production and temperature changes, these analyses are expensive and time-consuming.

Next-generation tire designers are using physical testing of prototypes. All of this takes longer and costs more to improve tire designs for modern

Greg Vernon, director of Engineering at Coreform, says Coreform’s approach will use isogeometric analysis to allow tire manufacturers to test new designs much more quickly.

“This project will allow tire manufacturers to test new ideas more quickly. Down the road, that will mean fewer particulate emissions, longer life, and better energy efficiency for all of us,” Vernon says.

More information about Coreform’s simulation technology and the Coreform IGA solver can be found at their website.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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