Dr. James A. Popio, Vice President of Smithers Rapra’s North American operations kicked off the day of technical sessions with a history of Force and Moment testing. The session was designed to help fellow technologists understand the reasons behind such measurements and why they are a critical input to vehicle design.
“These measurements are made to allow vehicle makers (OEMs) to ride and drive tires in the virtual world. In addition, it allows them to do chassis, control and suspension design,” stated Popio. “For automotive OEMs and tire manufacturers alike, understanding how tire dynamics change with different driving conditions provides key data that can be used for performance measurements and is essential to creating tire models.”
The sessions continued with discussions by several industry experts on topics providing insight for Chinese manufacturers looking to enter and succeed in global markets. They included:
Tire Modeling for vehicles presented by Dean Tener, Business Development Manager – Smithers Rapra
Regulations presented by Dr. James A. Popio, VP North America – Smithers Rapra
Rolling Resistance Testing and Data Analysis presented by Henry He, Lead Test Engineer – Smithers Rapra
“It was amazing to see so many of the top tire technical minds from the Chinese tire and automotive industry in the room,” noted Derek Read, General Manager, Smithers Rapra’s Suzhou testing laboratory. “The Chinese market has experienced exceptional growth in volume, but also in technical knowledge and expertise. Our symposium provided the industry with a forum to learn and discuss the latest trends in tire testing technology.”
Smithers Rapra has supported the global tire industry since the company’s inception in 1925. Today, the company operates industry leading tire testing facilities in the United States, China and England along with a winter proving ground for tire traction testing in Michigan, United States. From material characterization and formulation chemistry to endurance testing and a wide variety of other tire testing techniques, Smithers Rapra provides the full supply chain with tire development support.