Tyre traits – Getting within the groove with Continental
We perceive that Continental is investing in a driving simulator to develop its premium tyres. What’s going to this imply for your enterprise? And the way do you see laptop simulation for tyre improvement evolving?
Continental is investing in a state-of-the-art dynamic driving simulator to develop its premium tyres for the unique gear enterprise much more effectively, sustainably, and exactly – consistent with buyer necessities sooner or later.
The brand new driving simulator brings vital advantages for tyre improvement, saving time, prices and worthwhile sources in the true world. It combines state-of-the-art know-how with the huge expertise of our skilled check drivers.
The high-tech set up from the producer Ansible Movement will go into operation in mid-2022 at our largest European tyre check centre, the Contidrom in Wietze close to Hanover. It’s a Driver-in-the-loop simulator (DIL) that calculates precise driving dynamics parameters of the tyres and people of the respective check automobile. Due to its excessive mobility, the simulator can present our skilled check drivers with subjective driving impressions, similar to tyre assessments on the check observe. Check drivers can expertise new tyre developments in probably the most numerous digital check situations and driving conditions. With this new testing technique, we are able to save round 100,000 check kilometres and about 10,000 testing tyres.
Simulators present a chance to check concepts in a managed surroundings. Has that attraction elevated with the journey restrictions throughout the pandemic?
We’ve got been engaged on this concept for a number of years, it takes a while to invent such a system. While digital tyre testing shall be very environment friendly, we won’t compromise on security. There’ll all the time be check loops beneath real-life circumstances to confirm digital outcomes. Our check drivers and their huge expertise are very worthwhile belongings that we can’t do with out. With the simulator, we current our check drivers with state-of-the-art testing know-how. Digital assessments will assist our check drivers focus way more on precise tyre testing, as any diversifications they request could also be realised nearly and subsequently modifications may be made a lot sooner sooner or later.
So far as electrical automobiles are involved, may we count on to see tyre efficiency introduced into larger focus and so encourage radio frequency identification, tyre stress monitoring techniques (TPMS) and clever tyres?
Some concerns are very vital when utilizing a tyre on electrical autos. The primary of those is the additional weight added by a heavy battery. Second is the restricted nature of the battery’s capability, which has prevented the vary supplied by electrical automobiles from matching that of gas autos. And third is the electrical motor itself, which may be very quiet and delivers all its torque in a short time, in comparison with a combustion engine automobile. In consequence, tyres for electrical autos have to be optimised for the next load, put on, rolling resistance and noise. With reference to those necessities and protected driving basically, appropriate air stress may be very essential in addition to ample tread depth. Nonetheless, it’s not solely electrical automobiles that drive the ‘clever tyre’. The pattern in the direction of self-driving automobiles and fleets is a big a part of the growing autonomous visitors, which requires a number of info, together with from the tyre and its standing.
Decreasing street noise from tyres has been the topic of intense analysis over time. With the gradual introduction of EVs, I assume the problem for the tyre business is to design a tyre that produces a snug stage of noise for the surroundings with out having a detrimental impact on the inside automobile noise. How is Continental addressing that?
One essential consideration with electrical autos is tyre/street noise. Certainly, the shortage of noise from the drive system makes all different sounds way more noticeable – together with the rolling noise of the tyres. With out the sound generated by the combustion engine in a standard automobile, the rolling noise of tyres can instantly turn into annoying – which explains the necessity to scale back it. The issue is that greater load necessities name for tyres with a bigger cavity, which will increase the resonance impact. This often will increase the noise stage. The duty for the event engineers has been to discover a resolution for these conflicting targets.
The modern ContiSilent know-how, launched by Continental in 2016, considerably reduces rolling noise within the automobile. A particular foam layer dampens the airborne vibrations attributable to the rolling of the tyre, with the outcome that on all surfaces the noise reaching the automobile inside is diminished by as much as 9 decibels – bringing a considerable improve in consolation to the occupants of the automobile.
What’s going to the tyre materials of tomorrow appear to be?
To make the tyre of the longer term much more energy-saving and environmentally pleasant by way of manufacturing, use and recyclability, Continental is persistently investing within the analysis and improvement of latest applied sciences, different supplies and environmentally pleasant manufacturing processes. For instance, Continental intends to regularly swap to 100 per cent sustainably produced supplies in its tyre merchandise by 2050.
Continental wish to cease importing pure rubber completely from the tropics and produce it as shut as attainable to its tyre vegetation to stop ongoing deforestation and to cut back the CO2 emissions attributable to lengthy transport routes. The premium tyre producer has been engaged on this since 2011 with its Taraxagum undertaking. Moreover, Continental will introduce using reprocessed polyester obtained from recycled plastic bottles in its tyre manufacturing as of 2022. This could utterly change typical polyester.
The event of all-season tyres stays a scorching matter. How concerned is Continental on this market phase?
We’ve got the fitting kind of tyre in our portfolio for each kind of driver. Using all-season tyres needs to be totally thought of in accordance with the weather conditions travelled and one’s driving behaviour. Our very best all-season resolution is the Continental AllSeasonContact. Practically all of our second line manufacturers have all-season tyres, too.
What premium will OEMs pay for weight discount?
Weight discount is only one consideration but additionally tyres with decrease rolling resistance. We’re working with not solely our OE clients but additionally tyres for the alternative market. Decreasing rolling resistance means much less gas consumption from combustion engine automobiles and a bigger operation distance for e-cars.
The final 18 months have been fairly memorable for everybody. In your enterprise, what stands out as the largest challenges you confronted?
Our most essential aspiration was to create a protected working surroundings for our workers worldwide. One of many largest challenges was to ramp down the manufacturing in a really brief interval after which to begin it once more efficiently. Fortuitously, we’ve got launched Workplace 365 in addition to cell and versatile work ideas, which have been already in use properly earlier than the pandemic and thus we have been in a position to preserve most of our operations regardless of lock-downs.
What did you be taught that you just didn’t count on to be taught?
Cellular working and versatile work had already been established earlier than the pandemic, but the extent that it’s used at the moment differs so much. Conferences through Groups have elevated considerably, which reveals that private interplay remains to be essential and attainable. We have been positively shocked how straightforward our employees organised themselves on this new scenario. The expertise of the previous few months has proven us that cell working, works as an integral a part of our work tradition. Nonetheless, we’re all already wanting ahead to assembly once more on a extra common foundation in individual.