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Newly Developed Rubber Compound May Bring End to Tire Punctures

Replacing the tires on your vehicle is not something that comes cheap, which might explain why so many people wait until the very last minute to do it. While normal wear is inevitable, punctures and the like can mean a new set of tires well before they should need to be replaced. However, a new self repairing rubber compound might be able to bring early tire deaths to a halt.

The new compound, which was developed at the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution (ESPCI) in Paris, can be torn, punctured, ripped or cut and then mend itself automatically. This breakthrough is possible through the use of hydrogen bonding between similar compounds.

Traditional rubber uses covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonding to provide a great deal of elasticity. By removing the covalent and ionic bonds, the team was able to make a material that relies only on hydrogen bonding to hold itself together. These bonds can be recreated with a little pressure at room temperature and restore themselves to the original strength.

The material is still being developed, but could mean a massive improvement in today's products, as well as some new inventions we have yet to see.

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Comments
May 17, 2010
by Anonymous

Must for ALL makes & models made Today

Must produce this Bigtime.
Wow.
Radical.
For EU & US markets alone.
Reduce tire stores BIG Time & tire makers merge?