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1. (WO2015119801) ROUNDED STONE EJECTORS

Pub. No.:    WO/2015/119801    International Application No.:    PCT/US2015/013044
Publication Date: Fri Aug 14 01:59:59 CEST 2015 International Filing Date: Wed Jan 28 00:59:59 CET 2015
IPC: B60C 11/117
B60C 11/13
Applicants: BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE OPERATIONS, LLC
Inventors: SHMAGRANOFF, Aleksandr I.
SEVERYN, David M.
MIRANDA, Stephen T.
BUXTON, Todd A.
Title: ROUNDED STONE EJECTORS
Abstract:
A pneumatic tire includes a tread portion having a tread groove having a groove bottom and groove sidewalls. A row of rounded stone ejectors are spaced apart along a length of the groove. Each rounded stone ejector has a base attached to the groove bottom and independent from the groove sidewalls. Each rounded stone ejector has a rounded peak and is continuously tapered from the base to the rounded peak.