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1. (WO1998049020) TIRE HAVING FLOATING REINFORCEMENT IN THE SHOULDER/SIDEWALL

Pub. No.:    WO/1998/049020    International Application No.:    PCT/US1997/007097
Publication Date: Fri Nov 06 00:59:59 CET 1998 International Filing Date: Tue Apr 29 01:59:59 CEST 1997
IPC: B60C 9/14
B60C 13/00
Applicants: THE GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY
OARE, Thomas, Reed
BEAUVAIS, Melissa, Marie
McDOUGAL, Jennifer, Ann
LOSEY, Robert, Allen
Inventors: OARE, Thomas, Reed
BEAUVAIS, Melissa, Marie
McDOUGAL, Jennifer, Ann
LOSEY, Robert, Allen
Title: TIRE HAVING FLOATING REINFORCEMENT IN THE SHOULDER/SIDEWALL
Abstract:
A radial ply tire (10) has a floating reinforcement ply on the inside shoulder/sidewall region of the tire. The reinforcement ply comprises ply rubber having a gauge sufficient to delocalize flexing in the tire shoulder/sidewall region, and in one embodiment may be reinforced with 0.50 to 6.0 phr fibers. Depending on the type of tire in which the reinforcement ply is used, the reinforcement has a total gauge of 0.005 inch to 0.175 inch. When fiber is used in the illustrated embodiment, the fiber is oriented circumferentially in the tire.