Goodyear's extended mobility technology (EMT) tire can run flat for 93 miles at 50 mph. But what does that do to the wheel? That's the question University of Akron PhD student John Stearns researched. He used ALGOR (www.algor.com) finite element analysis software to get the answer. Result: No damage to a standard wheel. Stearns did learn, though, that the highest stresses were at the lowest pressures.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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