Welcome to WikiWirral, sharing is what we do best.
Forum Statistics
Posts1,011,463
Topics74,709
Members12,815
Forums66
Posts in last 24hrs11
Most Online7,831
Apr 8th, 2013
Who's Online Now
49 registered members (8HBob, 9 invisible), 1,096 guests, and296 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


Popular Topics(Views 7days)
261 Christmas
24 Phones
New General Forums
This Day in 2001
by granny. 29th Nov 2018 11:56am
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOCOMOTIVE
by snowhite. 24th Nov 2018 2:36pm
Lost my identity
by dingle. 23rd Nov 2018 9:18pm
UN GLOBAL COMPACT FOR REGLAR MIGRATION
by snowhite. 21st Nov 2018 1:09pm
New Wirral History
762 Whitt's End Wine & Cocktail Bar 43 Market Stre
by derekdwc. 29th Nov 2018 11:15pm
758 Withens Lane Sports & Social Club
by derekdwc. 29th Nov 2018 11:11pm
760 'D' COMPANY, 21st BATTALION CHESHIRE HOME GUAR
by derekdwc. 29th Nov 2018 11:06pm
759 Lazy Landlord Ale House 56 Mill Lane Liscard
by derekdwc. 29th Nov 2018 11:04pm
758 The Bow-Legged Beagle 88 Victoria Road, New B
by derekdwc. 29th Nov 2018 10:57pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
WW1 Monument, Birkenhead
No more bridge, never be the same
Topic Replies
Phones
by venice. 9th Dec 2018 11:39pm
Lost Jack Russell
by venice. 9th Dec 2018 10:27pm
BIRDS HOUSE
by granny. 9th Dec 2018 5:31pm
Pool table etc 25x 55" approx
by Snodvan. 9th Dec 2018 10:23am
Sea fishing shelter
by paul110180. 9th Dec 2018 10:13am
For Sale, Dewalt sds drill & Scorpion saw.
by ianyam. 9th Dec 2018 6:01am
What song are you listening to?
by Dilly. 8th Dec 2018 9:21pm
Gay Stress
by BandyCoot. 8th Dec 2018 10:45am
Submarine Assoc Diary lost
by BandyCoot. 8th Dec 2018 10:32am
December
M T W T F S S
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Christmas
by granny. 5th Dec 2018 11:45am
Shen Yun at Empire Theatre
by granny. 19th Nov 2018 11:47am
Previous Topic
Next Topic
Print Topic
Rate Topic
Michelin unveils airless tire #98763
9th Oct 2004 11:07pm
9th Oct 2004 11:07pm
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,943
Wirral
Tony MK2 Offline OP
Forum Master
Tony MK2  Offline OP
Forum Master
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,943
Wirral
Michelin unveils airless tire

Reuters

PARIS -- Michelin unveiled an airless tire on Tuesday designed to weather tough road conditions in fast-growing countries like China and India.

Michelin said its "Airless Wheel" and "Tweel" tyres, which will be presented at the Paris auto show this week, were still at the concept stage but would hopefully hit the mass market in 10 years.

The tires, which Michelin hopes to adapt for motorcycles, cars and heavier vehicles, are non-pneumatic and made of elastic. That means they are better able to absorb shock, making for a smoother ride on often pothole-riven roads in less developed countries, it said.

"There is a robustness that is especially designed for fast-growing markets, like China and India, where the roads and infrastructure are not as well developed as ours," said Didier Miraton, Michelin's head of r&d.

Miraton said designs for future tires such as the Airless Wheel tended to use an increasingly wide range of materials, so Michelin would be less reliant on natural rubber, which dominates the tire industry.

Michelin, famed for the star ratings it gives upmarket restaurants, will also present its "Active Wheel" concept tire at the auto show, which opens to the press on Thursday and the public on Saturday.

Miraton said this tire would react better to road conditions and to turning corners, and would be able to operate via a cleaner electric fuel cell engine.


[Linked Image]
Google Ads
Re: Michelin unveils airless tire #98764
9th Oct 2004 11:21pm
9th Oct 2004 11:21pm
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 5,327
Birkenhead, Wirral.
Scooby Offline
Forum Veteran
Scooby  Offline
Forum Veteran
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 5,327
Birkenhead, Wirral.
Automobile Show
Michelin unveils three major innovations for tomorrow’s mobility

The Paris Motor Show is a great opportunity for Michelin to share its vision of mobility for the future. At its booth, the Group is unveiling three innovations from its research centers, which could well revolutionize our driving experience within a decade or two: Michelin Airless, Michelin Tweel and Michelin Active Wheel. Travel into the future . . .
First, Michelin Airless:
[img]http://servicesv2.webmichelin.com/frontnews/servlet/GetElement?elementCode=47031[/img]
Imagine a tire that no longer needs to be inflated, and is therefore maintenance-free and puncture-proof (it’s easy, it doesn’t contain any pressurized air!)
We describe it as a “fly trap*”, a radial structure made of high-performance composite materials on which a rubber tread is bonded.


When in due course the tread wears down, all you need do is have it retreaded. The radial structure, on the other hand, is designed to last as long as your vehicle itself. Michelin Airless is very well adapted not only to passenger cars but also to two-wheel vehicles.

* The fly trap, invented by a Michelin research engineer, Marius Mignol, is the prototype tire which gave rise to the radial tire. It has metallic arches every 1.5 cm or so around the tire. The tread is bonded to the arches.


Second, Michelin Tweel:
[img]http://servicesv2.webmichelin.com/frontnews/servlet/GetElement?elementCode=47032[/img]
Another puncture-proof, retreadable solution. The name “Tweel”’ is the contraction in English of “tire” and “wheel”. It’s a non-pneumatic (or airless) wheel, made up of a rubber tread bonded to the hub through flexible spokes. Rather than a wheel plus a tire, we now have a single product─ the Tweel.
Mounting and removal operations will thus be simpler. To start with, Tweels could be fitted on vehicles with small wheels, such as wheelchairs, thus substantially improving the mobility of disabled people. As the Tweel is extremely resistant, we are working on a range of other applications including smaller earthmover and military vehicles.

The third leap into the future comes with Michelin Active Wheel.
[img]http://servicesv2.webmichelin.com/frontnews/servlet/GetElement?elementCode=47033[/img]
This wheel actually houses a traction engine. Drivers of cars fitted with four such wheels will be able to select two or four-wheel drive.

Michelin Active Wheel also features an active suspension system which delivers dramatically improved comfort, handling and stability. Indeed, this integrated suspension system will enable drivers to control vehicle behavior when breaking and turning.
This wheel is designed for battery or fuel-cell powered electric vehicles. With Michelin Active Wheel, such vehicles will no longer need any gearbox, clutch, transmission shaft, universal joint or anti-roll bar.


Moderated by  Mod 

Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Phones
by venice. 9th Dec 2018 11:39pm
Lost Jack Russell
by venice. 7th Dec 2018 3:07pm
Mobile phone probs
by cools. 6th Dec 2018 5:58pm
Border, no Border. Deal, no Deal
by granny. 5th Dec 2018 11:57am
Christmas
by granny. 4th Dec 2018 3:24pm
For Sale & Free
Sea fishing shelter
by paul110180. 9th Dec 2018 10:13am
Pool table etc 25x 55" approx
by Snodvan. 7th Dec 2018 7:13pm
Hotpoint slimline dishwasher free
by silvertigra. 6th Dec 2018 12:33pm
Black Leather massage recliner chair
by alicia1. 4th Dec 2018 1:40pm
For Sale, Dewalt sds drill & Scorpion saw.
by ianyam. 1st Dec 2018 2:28pm
Member Spotlight
Mark
Mark
Wirral
Posts: 21,196
Joined: November 2003
Show All Member Profiles 
Newest Members
Binny, Bluenose61, compozz, Shadowfax, Geebee1959
12815 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
GingerTom (2018)
New Wirral Info
Christmas
by granny. 4th Dec 2018 3:24pm
Bollards
by fish5133. 2nd Dec 2018 11:10pm
Contacting an old school friend?
by gerrymoore. 1st Dec 2018 11:29am
What? Did I really hear this??
by venice. 28th Nov 2018 11:03pm
hairdresser
by lincle. 27th Nov 2018 6:51pm
News : New Topics
Mobile phone probs
by cools. 6th Dec 2018 5:58pm
Border, no Border. Deal, no Deal
by granny. 5th Dec 2018 11:57am
Submarine Assoc Diary lost
by BandyCoot. 3rd Dec 2018 4:35pm
Monks Ferry Slipway - Closed
by Jeremy. 3rd Dec 2018 12:46pm
Doorstep Hawkers
by granny. 1st Dec 2018 5:15pm
New Enthusiast Forums
Phones
by venice. 9th Dec 2018 11:39pm
Lost Jack Russell
by venice. 7th Dec 2018 3:07pm
Budgie Found
by flybynight. 1st Dec 2018 4:33pm
CAT
by lincle. 29th Nov 2018 11:00pm
Sky TV
by Peter0787. 29th Nov 2018 9:21pm
Popular Topics(Views 24hrs)
24 Phones
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Mon 8:17am
Sunset Mon 3:52pm
Local Time Mon 7:33am
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1