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2007–2008 highlights

Close up of tire samples

In a four-year, $18 million project with the U.S. Department of Defense and Madison company Resilient Technologies, Kuo K. and Cindy F. Wang Professor of Mechanical Engineering Tim Osswald and graduate students Nick Newman and Eric Foltz are helping to develop a non-pneumatic tire for heavy-grade military vehicles. The group studied airless tire designs and ran tests and simulations that helped Resilient confirm the quality of its unique design concept. The project could be a lifesaver for the military: In many situations in Iraq, for example, tires have proven to be weak links in Humvees that enemies target with improvised explosive devices. (large image)

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