Aug. 29: Development of the 100 percent guayule concept tire

Howard Colvin, senior scientist with Cooper Tire’s Global Technical Center in Findlay, Ohio, presents “Development of the 100% Guayule Concept Tire” from 1:50 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, in 100 Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) Building at OARDC in Wooster, 1680 Madison Ave., and by video link to 219 Agricultural Engineering Building, 590 Woody Hayes Drive, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.

From the event description:

Guayule rubber has been looked at as a raw material for the tire industry periodically for the last 100 years. As part of a Biomass R&D Initiative grant, Cooper led a consortium composed of industry, government and academia to look at all aspects of guayule development, including manufacture of a 100% guayule concept tire.

“This presentation will begin with an outline how the components of a tire work together to provide the safety, ride and performance that consumers expect. This will be followed by Cooper’s approach to solve compounding, processing, chemistry and manufacturing issues to successfully build and test an all–guayule tire.”

About the speaker

Colvin’s bio, also from the event description:

“Dr. Howard Colvin has been in the rubber industry for 30 years. He holds over 50 US patents and has made numerous presentations on applications of guayule in both national and international meetings. He received his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Physical Organic Chemistry, but has spent most of his career in polymer science working on new product development.

“(Colvin) has worked for Goodyear, Solvay Engineered Polymers, Riba-Fairfield and Cooper Tire where he is now a Senior Scientist in the Global Technical Center. He was also a professor of chemistry at Florida College for four years where he taught introductory, organic and biochemistry.”

FABE is a department within CFAES. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: iStock.)

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