Yokohama bags Innovation Award at Reifen 2014
Yokohama Rubber received the Innovation Award at Reifen 2014 for the company’s innovative tyre stimulation technology.
Shigeyuki Aoki, president of Yokohama Reifen GmbH, received the award.
The innovative stimulation technology was developed by the team of the Japanese tyre company’s researchers and researchers led by Professor Kozo Fujii at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the research arm of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The simulation technology opens up potential for new technological breakthroughs that could lead to the reduction of pass-by noise and improvement of aerodynamic performance.
According to Yokohama, the team succeeded in the world’s first simulation of near real-scale flow structures (turbulence) around a tyre rolling on a road surface and the acoustic waves (noise) generated from these structures. The key technological breakthrough is the realisation of vertical structure airflow around a spinning tire, which in turn enables precise measurement of acoustic waves.