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R&D LABS

OUR R&D LABS

OUR R&D LABS

mixing lab

MIXING LAB

The Mixing Lab is capable of replicating the entire rubber pro- duction process for tyres. However, instead of producing tyres, it generates test pieces exactly in accordance with the recipes from the materials development department. 

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COMPOUND TESTING LAB

Rubber, one of the most fascinating materials in existence, is vis- coelastic. In its basic, uncured state, it can be plastically shaped like modelling clay. Once vulcanised, its elasticity becomes dominant, and it can be stretched before snapping back into its original shape. Depending on the rubber compound recipe, rubber can exhibit either resilient or energy absorbing behaviour. 


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special lab

SPECIAL LABS

The properties of a material are not determined simply by the  sum of its ingredients, but also by how they interact with one  another. Continental’s Special Labs provide revealing insights into  such “structure-property relationships”.


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tyre design

TYRE DESIGN

Three key factors come into play when it comes to designing  tread patterns and sidewalls: firstly, new tyre models are usually successor products whose appearance must be different  enough to emphasize the new and innovative aspects so they can set themselves apart from their predecessors.


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cutting workshop

CUTTING WORKSHOP

The cutting workshop at Hanover-Stöcken is the only one of  its kind in the world, so its work is commissioned by Continental tyre developers from every region. The cutting workshop's USPs (Unique Selling Propositions) are its great flexibility and the  speed, with which it can produce test tyres.


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TYRE CHARACTERISTICS

One of the primary tasks of the Characteristics Indoor department as a DAkkS-accredited test laboratory is to measure and verify a tyre's dynamic rolling resistance in line with the requirements of the EU Tyre Label. 


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WEAR TESTING INDOOR

How many miles does a tyre last and how does the tread behave over its lifetime? Does the tyre wear uniformly or unevenly? 

 

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endurance testing

ENDURANCE TESTING

The standard test alone is a marathon event: more specifically, the tyres run at e.g. 120 km/h in the test rig for over a month, up to a maximum of 1,000 hours.


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Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) Lab

NOISE, VIBRATION & HARSHNESS

How can tyre road noise be reduced effectively? Finding this out is the job of the Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) Lab team. This is an important task given that the interaction of tyres with the road is one of the main contributors to traffic noise.


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non-destructive testing (NDT)

NON-DESTRUCTIVE TYRE ANALYSIS

The non-destructive testing (NDT) group includes shearography, computerised tomography and X-ray analysis. Shearography is a laser-assisted, optical measurement method which is capable of revealing irregularities such as air bubbles in the tyre.


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DESTRUCTIVE TYRE ANALYSIS

As its name would suggest, the Destructive Tyre Analysis department takes the whole tyre to pieces to identify, analyse and evaluate faults in the casing, the sidewall or the overall tyre structure. 


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SIMULATION

In the past, simulations were mainly used in the tyre sector as an additional product development method, to complement testing. Today, simulation methods have become far more reliable and precise.


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