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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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Nanotechnology in tyres: Status of the technology

This opening chapter provides an introduction to the use of nanotechnology for improving tyre performance, and in particular tyre sustainability. It provides an overview of some of the main nanotechnology solutions currently in use and emerging, as they apply in tyre production. Four nanomaterials are being investigated in more detail in this chapter: two that are currently in use – carbon black and conventional “highly dispersible” (HD) silica, and two emerging ones – new generation “highly dispersible high surface area” (HD-HS) silica and nanoclays. It also gives a first insight into the main technical barriers to commercialisation and uptake of new nanomaterials in the tyre industry.

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