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Nanotechnology and Tyres

Greening Industry and Transport

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New nanomaterials offer promising avenues for future innovation, which can contribute towards the sustainability and resource efficiency of the tyre industry. Yet uncertainty over environmental health and safety (EHS) risks appears to be a main and continuous concern for the development of new nanomaterials in tyre production, even for those closest to market. Lack of sector-specific guidance represents a major gap.

 

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Environment, health and safety: Development of a risk management framework

This chapter attempts to develop a risk management framework for nanomaterial used as an additive in any nano-enabled tyre. It provides a first insight into a methodology for evaluating the potential human health and environmental concerns associated with the entire life cycle of nanomaterials used in tyres, focusing on tyre manufacturing operations. It gives examples of how to use this methodology using two new nanomaterials that have potential real-world application in nano-enabled tyres: high-dispersion, high surface area (HD-HS) silica and nanoclays.

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