New tread compound for airline tyres

James O'Callaghan (left)A scientist at UK-based Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has developed a new tread compound that could increase the tyre life and reduce operating costs for airlines. received the Sue Panteny Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining recently.

The new compound reduces the heat build up of the tyre and increases its abrasive resistance. Following extensive internal testing, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres will initiate controlled trials across various aircraft across Europe before deciding whether to incorporate it into new products.
While developing the new compound, the 26-year old scientist studied one day a week for a polymer technology degree at Staffordshire University.(PRA)