Science and Engineering in Derby and Derbyshire
The British Science Association Derbyshire Branch and The Derbyshire Scientific Club Presents:
Dr. Malcolm Evans
18:45 to 20:15
Tuesday 7th April 2009
University of Derby
Tyres are things we all take for granted but depend upon greatly. They are often considered as only distress products bought for about the price of a decent meal out. But have you ever stopped to think about the science that has gone in to making a product which gets you safely about at high speeds in all kinds of weather and all that working through just four small contact prints no bigger than that of a large shoe. Technology now used in formula 1 race tyres is finding its way into tyres fitted to Joe Public’s car.
This talk will show how from ancient beginning in the invention of the wheel, modern science has tackled the many problems facing a tyre. Problems ranging from how to gain safer grip to the road in rain and ice, lasting for thousands upon thousands of miles and delivering all this quietly and efficiently and then at the end of its life still perhaps have some recoverable use.
The talk about an everyday, much maligned product will be illustrated with examples of the chemistry and engineering involved whilst offering an entertaining insight into some of its secrets.