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Development of low rolling resistant rubber compounds through theoretical, tan delta and laboratory prototype testing for the conveyor belt and tyre industries

Title of Project

Development of low rolling resistant rubber compounds through theoretical, tan delta and laboratory prototype testing for the conveyor belt and tyre industries

Advisor/s

Dr Greg Wheatley, Prof Craig Wheeler

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

The project aims to investigate the effects and degree of importance of rolling resistance within the overall friction coefficient. The rolling resistance is the energy required to roll either a tyre over a road or a conveyor belt over an idler at a given temperature and load. This is essentially due to the deflection of the rubber on the road or over the idler. A reduction in this deflection results in increased efficiency and a reduction in energy requirements. Various rubber compounds will be investigated, developed and analysed in tan delta and large-scale prototype testing in the laboratory.

Key Words

Tan delta; low rolling resistant; rubber; conveyor; tyre

Would suit an applicant who

Has a sound academic background, research experience, an interest in mechanical engineering and strong experimental and computational skills.

Updated: 2 months ago