Low Rolling Resistant Materials for Fuel Efficient Military Tires

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-13-C-0305
Agency Tracking Number: A131-067-0378
Amount: $99,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: A13-067
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Vorbeck Materials Corp.
8306 Patuxent Range Road, Unit 105, Jessup, MD, -
DUNS: 794528567
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christy Martin
 Director - Development
 (301) 497-9000
 christy.martin@vorbeck.com
Business Contact
 Christy Martin
Title: Director - Development
Phone: (301) 497-9000
Email: christy.martin@vorbeck.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Substitution of standard military tires for low rolling resistance tires have yielded 7% fuel costs savings on Army demonstrator vehicles. However, tire changes to improve rolling resistance affect other areas of tire performance. A tire is a composite structure made up of different rubber compounds that contain reinforcing fillers, and the fillers have important effect on the tires final performance properties. Despite tire technology and filler advances, a sacrifice of wet grip, abrasion resistance, and/or chip and cut resistance occurs for further improvements in rolling resistance. In the proposed program, Vorbeck Materials will utilize graphene filler technology to develop low rolling resistant, high performance, fuel efficient military tires. Since its isolation a few years ago, graphene has generated significant attention, due to its combination of outstanding electrical, mechanical, and thermal properties. For the current tire application, the unique form and chemistry of graphene can fundamentally change the mechanical performance versus rolling resistance trade-off in rubber tread composites. The Phase I development program will focus on developing graphene-rubber tread composites to achieve maximum mechanical and rolling resistance performance; evaluation of the graphene-rubber composite performance; and demonstration of improved tire fuel efficiency of a baseline military tire using modeling and simulation.

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