November 2013 Newsletter
A non-pneumatic wheel or Tweel®, meaning the integration of the tire and wheel, is a recent invention of engineers at Michelin Research in Greenville, SC. This talk examines the characteristics of the pneumatic tire that have made it so successful and unchallenged for the last 125 years. A non-pneumatic structure is proposed that exhibits the same critical characteristics as the pneumatic tire. Additional benefits, challenges, and applications will be discussed.