With Novosibirsk rubber, gas guzzlers to guzzle less
9 Mar '17
Ocsial, a Novosibirsk-based company in Siberia, took carbon nanotubes and developed tire rubber unique enough to ensure a 30% reduction of fuel consumption in a vehicle, the Russian news agency TASS reported, citing Vyacheslav Muradyan, the deputy director for research.
“In simple terms, when a vehicle is moving, tires heat up and soften, thus requiring more energy to propel the vehicle forward. With our rubber, tires heat up negligibly and remain hard,” Mr. Muradyan explained, adding that lab tests had shown that tires made of nanotubes modified rubber would enable a substantial cut in fuel consumption.
At the current stage of the project, the company is seeking partnerships with tire makers to conduct further tests and prove or disprove the efficacy revealed in the laboratory. The top manager also said that Ocsial has been working on ways of lowering the cost of the material to make the new tires more affordable to the customer.
Ocsial is headquartered in Academgorodok, the science-packed borough of Novosibirsk with lots of research institutes and think-tanks, and is said to be the world’s sole producer of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT). Unlike multiwall ones, SWCNTs are believed to possess unique properties and be able to enhance material’s quality characteristics by as much as 70%, or help alter the characteristics to reverse ones. It’s Mikhail Predtechensky, a local scientist and the research leader in the Ocsial effort, that has developed the technology for a considerable cost reduction in nanotubes synthesis.