Amerityre Partners Defence Industry Contractor
Amerityre Corporation has entered into a development programme with an unnamed multi-billion dollar defence industry contractor that is a leader in aerospace composite technology. The objective of the Phase I development programme is to establish the base line performance characteristics of Amerityre’s polyurethane passenger car tyre incorporating a “composite hoop” belt, as opposed to traditional tyre belting material.
The composite hoop belt has been investigated in rubber tyre applications by Edward Markow of Edward Markow Consulting. Under the programme, Amerityre will provide the polyurethane tyre design and material, the defence contractor partner will fabricate the composite hoop belts and Markow will consult on the programme.
Dr. Gary Benninger, Amerityre’s President and CEO said: “Mr. Markow has been involved in vehicle testing of the composite hoop belts in prototype rubber tyres that has resulted in performance improvements in stopping, handling, and rolling resistance. In addition, run-flat capability and improved tread integrity (resistance to puncture) were demonstrated. The Phase I development program is to determine if similar or superior performance improvements can be attained using polyurethane instead of rubber tyre materials.
Amerityre claims its run-flats are so low in rolling resistance (45 per cent less than standard run-flats) that they will generate fuel savings of between 5 and 10 per cent.