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1. (WO2019005096) TIRE TREAD HAVING SUBMERGED VOID FEATURE WITH TAPERED ORIFICE
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A tire tread comprising:

a thickness bounded by an outer, ground-engaging side and a bottom side;

a void feature including a submerged void portion and a connecting portion, the submerged void portion being submerged within the thickness from the outer, ground- engaging side and the connecting portion forming a passage extending from an orifice arranged along the outer, ground-engaging side, the connecting portion being in fluid communication with the submerged void portion, the connecting portion including an outer tapering portion that tapers inwardly from the orifice to a narrowed portion.

2. The tire tread of claim 1, where the connecting portion includes an inner tapering portion that tapers outwardly from the narrowed portion to the submerged void portion.

3. The tire tread of claim 1, where the narrowed portion extends a distance in the

direction of the tread thickness.

4. The tire tread of claim 3, where the narrowed portion is cylindrical.

5. The tire tread of claim 1, where the submerged void portion is cylindrical.

6. The tire tread of claim 1, where the submerged void has a width and the narrowed portion has a width, each width extending in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the tread thickness, where the width of the submerged void is greater than the width of the narrowed passage.

7. The tire tread of claim 1, where the submerged void portion extends in a direction away from the outer, ground-engaging side to terminates at a bottom and where one or more side walls together extend both around a perimeter of the bottom and in a direction away from the bottom and towards the outer, ground-engaging side.

8. The tire tread of claim 7, where the direction by which the one or more side walls of the submerged void portion extends is the direction of the tread thickness.

9. The tire tread of claim 7, where the direction by which the one or more side walls of the submerged void portion is biased relative to the direction of the tread thickness by an angle greater than zero degrees and less than 90 degrees.

10. The tire tread of any one of claims 8 to 9, where each of the one or more side walls extends linearly in the direction away from the bottom.

11. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 10, where the narrowed portion includes one or more side walls together extending both around a perimeter of the narrowed portion and in a direction away from the submerged void and towards the outer, ground-engaging side.

12. The tire tread of claim 11, where the direction by which the one or more side walls of the narrowed portion extends is the direction of the tread thickness.

13. The tire tread of claim 12, where the direction by which the one or more side walls of the narrowed portion extends is biased relative to the direction of the tread thickness by an angle greater than zero degrees and less than 90 degrees.

14. The tire tread of any one of claims 12 to 13, where each of the one or more side walls of the narrowed portion extends linearly in the direction away from the bottom.

15. The tire tread of claim 1, where the submerged void portion extends in a direction away from the outer, ground-engaging side to terminates at a bottom and where one or more side walls together extend both around a perimeter of the bottom and in a direction away from the bottom and towards the outer, ground-engaging side, and where the narrowed portion includes one or more side walls together extending both around a perimeter of the narrowed portion and in a direction away from the submerged void and towards the outer, ground-engaging side, where each of the one or more side walls of the submerged void portion and of the narrowed portion are inclined in a direction opposite a direction of intended forward rotation of the tire tread as each side wall extends toward the outer, ground-engaging side.

16. The tire tread of claim 15, where an inclined axis extends through each of the

submerged tread portion and the narrowed portion.

17. The tire tread of claim 16, where the inclined axis extends through the center of each of the submerged tread portion and the narrowed portion.

18. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 17, where the orifice is elongated in a

direction opposite a direction of intended forward rotation of the tire tread.

19. The tire tread of claim 18, where the orifice is also elongated in the direction of forward rotation of the tire tread.

20. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 19 further comprising:

an elongate discontinuity extending transversely across the void feature and at least across the connecting portion thereof.

21. The tire tread of claim 20, where the discontinuity is a sipe.