Microscopic Analysis Technique
Accurate image data which is generated through microscopic analysis techniques of the molecular structures of tyres can now be used to develop future blends of materials. For new compounds which have a superior level of fuel efficiency and wear resistance, for example. This knowledge has huge potential for the optimised and significantly quicker implementation of all development processes. With the use of this analysis technique, it has already been possible to clearly observe both coarse areas and fine areas of sulphur cross-linking within the rubber. The details of these structures were previously unknown. It is believed that the structures formed by the sulphur cross-linking, which give the rubber its elasticity, are closely related to the strength of the rubber and the degradation of the properties of the rubber over time.