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HUB ASSEMBLY FOR A TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A hub assembly for a tire inflation system includes a hub configured to hold a wheel assembly. The hub has a hub conduit formed therethrough. The hub conduit has an inlet formed in an inner surface of the hub and an outlet formed adjacent an outboard end of the hub. A vent is formed in the hub. The vent comprises one or more vent conduits which extend from the inner surface to an outer surface of the hub.



Pneumatic Tire

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The pneumatic tire according to the present technology includes: one or more mechanical fastener members (A) disposed on the tire inner surface, which is one member of the pair of mechanical fasteners that can be separated into two members (A), (B) and that can be engaged with each other and which is secured to the tire cavity side, and the mechanical fastener members (A), (B) include a lock mechanism for locking the engagement.



TIRE TREAD HAVING A FLEXIBLE GATE APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various embodiments of a tire tread having one or more flexible gate apparatuses are disclosed. In one embodiment, a tire having a tread is provided, the tire comprising: a groove comprising a groove base and at least one groove sidewall; at least one flexible gate apparatus comprising a plurality of adjacent flexible gate elements oriented in a single row across at least a portion of the groove; wherein the plurality of flexible gate elements extend from the groove base; wherein the at least one flexible gate apparatus comprises a rigidity such that the at least one flexible gate apparatus does not substantially deflect at the application of an air pressure during operation; and wherein the at least one flexible gate apparatus comprises a rigidity such that the at least one flexible gate apparatus deflects at the application of a water pressure during operation.



PNEUMATIC TIRE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A pneumatic tire includes a tread portion provided with a land portion with a plurality of lateral grooves extending across the land portion. Each lateral groove includes a main portion with a width equal to or more than 2.0 mm and a sipe portion extending radially inwardly from a bottom of the main portion. The main portion includes a first wall located on a first side in a circumferential direction and a second wall located on a second side in the circumferential direction. The sipe portion includes a first sipe wall located on the first side and a second sipe wall located on the second side. The lateral grooves include a first lateral groove having the first wall being continuous to the first sipe wall smoothly and a second lateral groove having the second wall being continuous to the second sipe wall smoothly.



TIRE HAVING CIRCUMFERENTIALLY BIASED SIPE DEPTHS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tire includes a tread having a first plurality of tread blocks on a first side of an equatorial plane and a second plurality of tread blocks on the second side. Each of the first plurality of tread blocks has a first leading lug wall, a first trailing lug wall, a first leading sipe proximate to the first leading lug wall, and a first trailing sipe proximate to the first trailing lug wall. Each of the second plurality of tread blocks has a second leading lug wall, a second trailing lug wall, a second leading sipe proximate to the second leading lug wall, and a second trailing sipe proximate to the second trailing lug wall. The first leading sipes have a depth greater that of the first trailing sipes. The second leading sipes have a depth less than that of the second trailing sipes.



MOTORCYCLE PNEUMATIC TIRE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A motorcycle pneumatic tire includes a tread portion including a crown region, a pair of middle regions and a pair of shoulder regions upon a tread development width of the tread portion being divided equally into five regions. The tread portion is provided with a pair of circumferentially and continuously extending crown main grooves within the crown region to include a tire equator therebetween and a plurality of inclined grooves each extending from the crown region to the shoulder region in each side of the tire equator without communicating with the crown main grooves. Each of the inclined grooves includes a straight portion extending straightly in the middle region and an arc portion extending in an arc shape in the shoulder region while increasing an angle with respect to a circumferential direction of the tire axially outwardly.



Pneumatic Tire

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A pneumatic tire includes a cylindrical annular structure disposed around a rotational axis; a carcass portion including a rubber covered cord, at least a portion of the carcass portion being disposed to the outer side of the annular structure in a direction parallel to the rotational axis; and a rubber layer including a tread portion, at least a portion of the rubber layer being disposed to an outer side of the annular structure in a radiation direction with respect to the rotational axis. In such a pneumatic tire, SW/OD≦0.30 is satisfied, where SW is a total tire width and OD is a tire outer diameter.



EVOLVING TREAD FOR A TIRE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tread for a heavy vehicle tire of total thickness PMU this tread when new having a tread surface is provided and disclosed herein. The tread includes at least one cut opening in the initial condition onto the tread surface, this cut being such that it includes an external part having the form of a groove in the main direction, this groove having a mean depth Pe less than 80% of the thickness PMU, an internal part forming the bottom of the cut, this internal part having the shape of a channel of mean width Le and mean height He, this channel being intended to form a new continuous groove when the part wear of the tread reaches at most 80% of the thickness PMU.



EVOLVING TIRE TREAD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tread for a heavy vehicle tire having a total thickness PMU corresponding to the thickness of material to be worn away during running is provided herein. This tread has a tread surface that comes into contact with a roadway when a tire provided with this tread is being driven on, this tread includes at least one cut opening in the initial condition onto the tread surface when new.



Tire With Laminate And Method Of Making Same

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of laminating a vulcanized tire includes providing a vulcanized tire having a circumferential tread and a pair of sidewalls constructed of a base rubber. The method further includes cleaning the circumferential tread, providing a laminate, and forming a plurality of holes in the laminate. The method also includes applying the laminate to at least a portion of one of the circumferential tread and a sidewall of the vulcanized tire. The method further includes applying pressure to the laminate, thereby evacuating air between the laminate and the circumferential tread of the vulcanized tire and curing the laminate.



Crown Reinforcement of a Tire for a Heavy Civil Engineering Vehicle

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Tire (1) crown reinforcement (3) comprises: protective reinforcement (5) comprising layer (51, 52) comprising reinforcers forming, with the circumferential direction, an angle at least equal to 10°; working reinforcement (6) comprising two layers (61, 62) respectively having axial width (L61, L62) and comprising reinforcers, crossed from one working layer to the next and forming, with the circumferential direction, an angle at most equal to 60°; and additional reinforcement (7), centred axially on an equatorial plane of the tire, comprising layer (71, 72) having axial width (L71, L72) at most equal to 0.9 times the shortest of the axial widths (L61, L62) and comprising reinforcers forming, with the circumferential direction, an angle at most equal to 25°. Additional layer (71, 72) comprises axial discontinuity (81, 82), centred axially on the equatorial plane of the tire, and its width (D1, D2) is at least equal to 0.1 times axial width (L71, L72).



Pneumatic Tire and Method for Manufacturing the Same

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A pneumatic tire and a method for manufacturing the same are provided. In a step of laminating belt reinforcing layers on an outer circumferential side of a belt layer constituting a green tire, wherein the belt reinforcing layers cover each of a tire width direction left edge portion and right edge portion of the belt layer and are separated from each other in the tire width direction, each of the belt reinforcing layers is formed by inclining strip members constituting each of the reinforcing layers in a same direction with respect to a tire circumferential direction, and winding the strip members in a spiral-like manner at least one time around in the tire circumferential direction.



TYRE FOR HEAVY LOAD VEHICLE WHEELS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tyre for heavy load vehicle wheels includes a carcass structure, a belt structure arranged in a radially outer position with respect to the carcass structure, and a tread band arranged in a radially outer position with respect to the belt structure. The belt structure includes a plurality of reinforcing cords, wherein each cord includes a core made of non-metallic material, and a plurality of metallic wires substantially parallel to one another and helically wound around said core with a predetermined winding pitch. The metallic wires are arranged around the core so that, in any cross section of the cord, they are located at just an angular portion of an ideal circumference that circumscribes the core. The cord, when subjected to variable loads of between 10% and 40% of the ultimate tensile strength thereof, undergoes an elongation that varies according to a curve having, in a load-percentage elongation graph, a linear correlation coefficient lower than about 0.990, the points of said curve being interpolated by a straight line having an angular coefficient lower than about 30. The reinforcing cords can be provided in a stone-guard layer and/or in the main belt layers of the belt structure.



MULTICOMPOSITE REINFORCER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multicomposite reinforcer (R1, R2) has improved mechanical properties and comprises at least: one or more monofilament(s) (10) made of glass-resin composite comprising glass filaments (101) embedded in a thermoset resin (102), the glass transition temperature of which, denoted Tg1, is greater than 150° C.; and individually covering said monofilament, each monofilament or collectively several monofilaments, a layer of a thermoplastic material (12), the glass transition temperature of which, denoted Tg2, is greater than 20° C. The multicomposite reinforcer can be used in a multilayer laminate, either of which can be used to reinforce pneumatic or non-pneumatic tires.



PNEUMATIC RADIAL TIRE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Pneumatic radial tire (1) having improved high speed durability and low flatspot feature, and which has polyethylene terephthalate cap ply reinforcement layer (6). The objective is to provide a pneumatic radial tire (1) wherein the pressure on the belt package (5) is increased at high speed and high temperature by increasing the thermal shrinkage force of the cap ply cord.



Elevated Pressure and Temperature Tire Curing Utilizing Liquids

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method provides a retreaded tire by curing a tread with tread lugs extending from an under tread and tread voids between the tread lugs onto a tire casing. The tread and at least a portion of the tire casing are sealed in an envelope in a manner that provides voids, including the tread voids, within the seal of the envelope. The enveloped tire casing and tread are positioned within a vessel and a liquid is introduced into the envelope to fill at least some of the voids around the tread. The pressure and temperature in the vessel is increased in order to connect the tread to the tire casing by compressing and heating the tire casing and tread. In the presence of the liquid, the tread and tire casing maintain their shape despite the elevated pressure and temperature.