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Are rubber tires considered to be composite materials?

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Are rubber tires for vehicles considered to be composite materials?

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answered 2016-05-29 20:08:39 -0500

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updated 2016-05-29 20:10:54 -0500

Since a vehicle rubber tire is made of several distinct synthetic and natural materials that combine to improve the performance of the resulting material, they are considered to be made of composite materials.

Over 200 ingredients go into a tire. They play vital roles in safety, fuel efficiency, performance and eco-friendliness.

These components fall into five groups:

Natural rubber: the main component of the tread layers

Synthetic rubber: part of the treads of car, van and 4x4 tires

Carbon black and silica: used as a reinforcing agent to improve durability

Metallic and textile reinforcement cables: the "skeleton" of the tire, forming the geometric shape and providing rigidity.

Numerous chemical agents: for unique properties like low rolling resistance or ultra-high grip

Source: http://www.michelinman.com/...

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