Abstract

An analysis is presented for determining tire deformation due to shrinkage. The analysis uses composite theory and the finite element technique in modeling the material properties and the structural behavior. The constant strain toroidal shell element developed by Wilson for small displacement and isotropic properties is modified for orthotropic properties which depend on the element location. Temperature history and the buildup of shrink forces during cure are determined experimentally. The shrink forces are represented by a set of equivalent loads applied at the nodes. Good correlation is obtained between calculated and experimental displacements. The analysis is applied in relating the mold shape to the final shape of the tire.

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