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Technical Meeting

193rd Technical Meeting
May 8-10, 2018; Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Note: Rubber Division, ACS reserves the right to make changes to this program pending Steering Committee review, presentation time changes, speaker cancellations, etc.


Technical Meeting Session Topics Include:

  • Prof. Garth L. Wilkes Colloquium - From Structure to Properties
  • New Trends in Carbon Materials
  • Rubber Mechanics - Fatigue and Testing
  • Advances in Synthesis of Elastomers, Liquid Rubbers and Related Materials
  • Engineering with Rubber
  • Contributed Session
  • Presentations by our 2018 Science & Technology Award Winners

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Keynote Speaker:

Ron Kennedy - Managing Director, Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe)

Ron Kennedy is currently the Managing Director of the Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe), an industry/university consortium involving Virginia Tech, the University of Akron, and tire and tire-related companies. In his position, he provides administrative oversight, communication with industry members and faculty, and promotion of the Center. He also has the great opportunity to work with graduate students as they pursue their tire related studies. Before joining CenTiRe four years ago, Ron worked for 37 years in the tire industry at Firestone, Bridgestone/Firestone, and Hankook Tire performing tire finite element methods development and software programming, simulation systems development, advanced tire design, and tire factory uniformity studies. His work has covered the range of tire performance areas, manufacturing, and design. Ron received his BS and MS degrees in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron.

Keynote Address:

Simulation of tire and tire/vehicle performance – what’s in it for materials folks?

Simulation of tire and tire/vehicle performance has made large strides in the last 50 years, which has lead it to becoming an integral part of the tire development processes and promises to play an increasing role in product approval.  Both tire and vehicle manufacturers now rely on modeling results to drive design decisions, and are expected to increasingly replace physical build and test cycles with virtual counterparts.  However, accuracy of the simulations currently limits their effectiveness in the tire development process and is impeding their incorporation into the product approval process.  One of the major sources of this inaccuracy lies in the area of materials, specifically how material behavior is represented in the simulation software and the characterization of the required model coefficients. The advancement of simulations that predict the material response and properties offers the opportunity to incorporate virtual material development into the tire and tire/vehicle simulation world.  The vision of co-developing materials, tires, and vehicles is coming within reach. Finite element modeling and vehicle dynamics simulations, molecular dynamics simulations, and materials characterization – informing each other in close partnership – can drive the development of exciting new materials and tire designs for the future.  For these scenarios to be fulfilled it will be critical for the material scientists and engineers to work closely with the mechanical engineers to enhance the simulation accuracy and develop the software systems to work in concert.  Any barriers between materials R&D and tire engineering R&D will need to be broken down for this to be a reality.