Nanotechnology Products and Applications
Product: Nano-Blend Orange Oil Rubber
Manufacturer: Yokohama Rubber
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Product Sector: Transportation → Automotive → Parts
Yokohama's low rolling resistance "eco tyre" range uses a technological innovation called a nano-blend rubber compound. It contains high quality fine-particle silica and orange oil. The rubber is precision blended with other ingredients to get the polymers just right so it provides three previously conflicting performance criteria: low rolling resistance for fuel saving, long mileage capability and excellent wet grip.
The reason the rubber compound is called a nano-blend is because it operates at an extremely small scale. The rubber compound engineers are interested in how the tyre rubber conforms with the small stones and textures on the road surface.