TUBALLTM graphene nanotubes, the new gamechanger for the Tyre industry
Jean-Nicolas Helt; Ocsial
Recent studies show that TUBALLTM graphene nanotubes from OCSiAl can significantly expand the performance space of tyres and other elastomers in the areas of mechanical and electrical properties. At ultra-low concentrations of 0.1 to 0.2 wt.%, adding TUBALLTM graphene nanotubes to rubber compounds simultaneously maximises modulus, electrical conductivity and resistance to tear and abrasion, while maintaining or improving hysteresis losses. Due to this powerful effect, TUBALLTM graphene nanotubes represent the next great step change in performance for rubber products, opening new perspectives towards design and performance. Ongoing developments with our customers have observed the most advanced tyre performance of any technology to date.
OCSiAl is the first company to develop the breakthrough technology with unlimited scaling potential for the mass production of graphene nanotubes, together with various optimised masterbatch and concentrate solutions based on carriers familiar to tyre and rubber industry, removing the barriers associated to working with carbon nanotubes in powder form and allowing for easier incorporation and dispersion into a polymer material.
The author will present the latest data on experimental and industrial trials in the scope of next generation tyre development that will bring us towards a more high performing fuel efficient world.