Graphene enhanced tires for bicycles might be the closest to a killer graphene product that we have right now. Ask any cyclist if having a puncture resistant tyre would get their wallets out and this is it. Graphene enhanced tires may also be of value for car tyre manufacturers and for aircraft tyres.
“Italian bicycle tire manufacturer Vittoria Industries recently announced that it is launching a new range of products employing a second generation of its graphene-filler technology. The graphene supplier is assumed to be Perpetuus Carbon, as the two companies signed a long-term supply agreement for graphene materials.
It was said that while the first-generation generally enhanced the performance of tires, the new 2.0 graphene is functionalised to improve specific tire performances, targeting metrics like speed, wet grip, durability and puncture resistance.
Vittoria mentions that graphene interacts with rubber by filling the space in between the rubber molecules, which has been verified to increase all positive performance metrics. In the past, Vittoria worked with Directa Plus on graphene-enhanced wheel and tire applications.”
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“According to the NorthStar website, Tirecycle has a long list of applications, including tire treads, shoe soles, hoses, grommets, conveyor belting, rubber sheets, mining and automotive components, agricultural equipment, waterproofing and roofing….
NorthStar is also getting encouraging results in its tests with graphene, an atom-thin carbon material that is 200 times stronger than steel.
Various studies have shown that graphene improves both the durability and traction of tires, according to Mr. Korupp. And NorthStar’s own studies show that Tirecycle and graphene are very compatible, he said.
“We’re looking at whether we should put graphene in our own mix, or if we should just look at the rubber that comes to us down the road,” Mr. Korupp said. “A lot of it will be certain to contain graphene.”
“Tirecycle has been tested and used in standard tread compounds for most types of truck, passenger and off-the-road tires for more than 30 years, according to NorthStar’s summary of support data on the material.”
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