Progress Toward a Guayule Derived Tire

Wednesday, October 12, 2016: 11:15 AM
Rm 303 (David L. Lawrence Convention Center )
Zachary Walters, Bachelors, Chemical Engineering1, Howard Colvin, PhD1, Peter Greene, Bachelors, Chemistry2, Nicolas Sauty, PhD, Organic and Polymer Chemistry1, Rita Feczer, Bachelors, Microbiology3, Manoj Saxena, Masters, Polymer Technology & Organic Chemistry4, Kelly Smith, Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering5, Yusheng Chen, PhD, Chemistry4, Eric Holbrook, Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering6 and Chris Hanneman, Bachelors, Mechanical Polymer Engineering6, (1)Innovative Technology - Global Technical Center, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Findlay, OH, (2)Cure & Bladder Services/Carcass Compound Dev., Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, Findlay, OH, (3)Composites, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Findlay, OH, (4)Materials Application Development, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Findlay, OH, (5)Tread Compounding, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Findlay, OH, (6)Advanced Technology - Global Technical Center, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Findlay, OH
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is the lead entity in a consortium that is working under a $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grant to advance science in the areas of Guayule plant genetics, agronomics, rubber production and utilization of rubber and other co-products from Guayule. Guayule is being studied as a potential alternative to Hevea natural rubber in the manufacture of tires. A major part of the grant is centered on production and testing of a guayule rubber based tire, and significant progress toward this goal has been achieved since the grant was initiated in 2012. The environmental, social, and economic effects of commercialization of Guayule in the tire industry will also be the subject of a life cycle analysis report, which is part of the grant and will be published at a later date. This presentation will provide an update on the Guayule rubber based tire development work, including a review of some of the project challenges as well as its accomplishments to date.