The American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), with the help of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB), is gathering information on retread chamber fires caused by flammable bead breakers.
The survey will support work being carried out by the TMC's S.2 Tire & Wheel Study Group, which recently started a task force with a draft title of Impact of using flammable bead breaker when demounting tires, according to TRIB, which is conducting a survey of its members for the TMC.
In announcing the survey, Pacific Grove-based TRIB said chamber fires can be one of the most costly and potentially devastating issues facing retreaders and noted the use of flammable bead breakers during the demounting process may be a pivotal factor that can lead to chamber fires.
The task force's aim is to address and inform users of flammable bead breaker fluids as to the potential fire hazard and resulting rejection of the casing for precure retreading, according to TRIB.
The task force said it hopes to be able to explain and list the various scenarios of mixtures of tire sealants, rust and bead breakers that create the dangerous environment.
Interested parties can take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/2010TRIBCham-berFireSurvey.
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