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Goodyear, Sandia Labs celebrate 25 years of Technical Collaboration

Sandia National Laboratories, the lab operated for the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company have worked together for 25 years to create more advanced computational mechanics used in the development of high-quality vehicle tyres. The collaboration has resulted in award-winning consumer tyres, data science breakthroughs and advancing modelling and simulation technology.

“A tyre is a complex system – one of the most formidable challenges in computational mechanics – and that’s something Sandia knows well,” said Susan Seestrom, Sandia’s chief research officer.

The joint work allows Sandia to enhance its software toolkits and improve its capabilities for mission applications while simultaneously addressing Goodyear’s proprietary challenges.

“It is remarkably complicated to model and simulate tyre performance, let alone under varying temperature, pressure and wear conditions. Our computational work with Sandia is a continuous source of competitive advantage for Goodyear, helping us design and deliver high-performance products and services in a digital economy,” said Chris Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer.

Sandia and Goodyear signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) way back in 1993.

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