Abstract: A tire tread composition includes a quantity of an elastomer including guayule natural rubber, and a quantity of a hydrocarbon resin substantially evenly distributed throughout the elastomer. The elastomer of the tire tread composition may consist entirely of guayule natural rubber. The hydrocarbon resin may be selected to have a predetermined miscibility in the guayule natural rubber. The predetermined miscibility is measured by a deviation of actual Tg from predicted Tg for either the tire tread composition or an elastomer-resin mixture consistent with the elastomer and resin used in the tire tread composition. In particular, the predetermined miscibility in the guayule natural rubber is less than about six percent (6%) deviation in the actual Tg from the predicted Tg at a 20 phr loading.
Abstract: A process for forming an epoxidized rubber including dissolving a rubber in a solvent and epoxidizing the rubber in the presence of an epoxidation reagent. The solvent is selected such that the rubber is soluble therein but the epoxidized rubber precipitates.
Abstract: A visual wear indicating feature is incorporated into the tread pattern to provide progressive, incremental indications to the customer regarding the amount of useable tread remaining on the tire.
September 10, 2014
Date of Patent:
November 3, 2020
COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY
Ryan J. Schimmoeller, Jeremy J. Jacobs, Daniel T. Strohscher, Kurt D. Utrup