ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The collaboration between Goodyear and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories has achieved a milestone.
This month, the organizations will celebrate 25 years of collaboration in creating advanced computational mechanics, used in the development of tires. The results of the partnership, the companies say, are evident in consumer tires, data science breakthroughs and modeling and simulation technology.
Sandia said its work with the tire maker has helped to enhance its software toolkits and improve its capabilities for mission applications while addressing Goodyear's proprietary challenges.
"You might wonder how national defense systems relate to tire engineering," said Susan Seestrom, Sandia's chief research officer. "But a tire is a complex system — one of the most formidable challenges in computational mechanics — and that's something Sandia knows well."
Chris Helsel, Goodyear's chief technology officer said its extremely complicated to model and simulate tire performance, particularly under various temperature, pressure and wear conditions.
"Our computational work with Sandia," Mr. Seestrom said, "is a continuous source of competitive advantage for Goodyear, helping us design and deliver high-performance products and services in a digital economy."
Goodyear credits its work with Sandia for reducing new product development times, improving manufacturing methods and lowering technical and operational costs, which it said helps keep their products competitive.