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1. (WO2017039679) TRUCK TIRE TREAD AND TRUCK TIRE

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/039679    International Application No.:    PCT/US2015/048468
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Sep 05 01:59:59 CEST 2015
IPC: B60C 11/03
B60C 11/12
Applicants: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
ZHU, Fang
VOSS, Stefan
ABAROTIN, Victor
Inventors: ZHU, Fang
VOSS, Stefan
ABAROTIN, Victor
Title: TRUCK TIRE TREAD AND TRUCK TIRE
Abstract:
Heavy truck tire tread (1) having a longitudinal direction, a lateral direction and a thickness direction, said tread having a ground- engaging contact surface (CS) and comprising at least four main longitudinal grooves (3, 4, 5, 6) defining at least five main longitudinal ribs (9, 10, 11, 12, 13), the at least four main longitudinal grooves comprising at least one and not more than three open grooves (3, 6) and at least two partially hidden grooves (4, 5), each of said at least two partially hidden grooves comprising openings (41, 51) to the ground-engaging contact surface and an undersurface channel (42, 52) that is connected to the openings by ducts (43, 53) extending substantially in the thickness direction, longitudinal sipes (44, 54) extending substantially along the longitudinal direction connecting successive openings to the channel, said tread comprising at least two non-shoulder main ribs (10, 11, 12), said at least two non- shoulder main ribs comprising lateral sipes (105, 115, 125) extending in the lateral direction, the tread comprising at least 120 of said lateral sipes, wherein for each partially hidden groove: * - a total surface area of all openings is less than 200 cm2; * - an average height of said channel is greater than 5 mm; and * - an average section area of said channel is greater than 15 mm2.