Coreform Wins DoE Grant

Purpose is to improve tire tread simulation.

Purpose is to improve tire tread simulation.

Coreform LLC recently received a Department of Energy grant to investigate using isogeometric analysis on next-generation tire tread designs.

The Department of Energy has awarded an exploratory grant to Coreform, a three-time Inc. 5000 company, to develop computer simulation processes that will increase the use of simulation in the advanced tire industry.

Tire wear currently accounts for as much as 4% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to experts. But developing new tire designs has remained a challenge. Innovative tire design improvements often include features so small that existing computer simulation software can take up to 8 weeks to complete a single analysis, according to Coreform.

Since tires require testing across a range of issues, from tread wear to noise production and temperature changes, these analyses are too expensive and time-consuming for frequent use, Coreform notes. In production pipelines, next-generation tire designers resort to the physical testing of prototypes. This means it takes longer and cost more to improve tire designs for modern requirements.

Coreform’s approach will use isogeometric analysis to allow tire manufacturers to test new designs much more quickly. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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