Some content of this application is unavailable at the moment.
If this situation persist, please contact us atFeedback&Contact
1. (WO2019027423) TIRE TREAD HAVING TREAD BLOCKS WITH INCLINED TRAILING SIDE AND SIPE
Note: Text based on automatic Optical Character Recognition processes. Please use the PDF version for legal matters

CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A tire tread comprising:

a thickness extending from an outer, ground-engaging side and to a bottom side, the thickness extending in a direction perpendicular to both a length and a width of the tread, the width extending between a pair of lateral sides of the tread, where the tread length is greater than the tread width;

a plurality of tread blocks arranged along the outer, ground-engaging side, each tread block having a leading side and a trailing side, where the leading side precedes the trailing side in a direction of forward tread rotation, each leading and trailing side extending into the tread thickness from the outer, ground-engaging side and generally in a direction of the tread length, each leading and trailing side being defined by one of a plurality of lateral grooves extending generally in the direction of the tread width; each of the plurality of tread blocks also includes a pair of lateral sides extending into the tread thickness from the ground-engaging side and generally in a direction of the tread width, each lateral side of the pair of lateral sides being defined by one of a pair of longitudinal grooves extending generally in the direction of the tread length; where each of the plurality of lateral grooves is asymmetric relative to the direction of the tread thickness, whereby a first portion of the trailing side for each corresponding tread block extends into the tread thickness from the outer, ground- engaging side while also extending toward a centerline of the corresponding adjacent lateral groove and to a peak and whereby a recess projects into tread block at a location within the tread thickness below the first portion;

where each of the plurality of tread blocks includes a sipe extending into the tread thickness from the outer, ground-engaging side of the tread, where the sipe is generally inclined relative to the direction of the tread thickness, such that as the sipe extends into the tread thickness from the outer, ground-engaging side, the sipe extends towards the trailing side of the corresponding tread block; and,

a groove arranged along the sipe within the tread thickness and spaced below the outer, ground-engaging side of the tread, the groove being asymmetric relative to a centerline of the sipe, the centerline arranged midway across a width of the sipe as the sipe extends into the tread thickness from the outer, ground-engaging side.

2. The tire tread of claim 1, where for each of the plurality of tread blocks, the leading side extends into the tread thickness from the outer, ground-engaging side in the direction of the tread thickness.

3. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 2, where each of the plurality of lateral

grooves has a bottom that includes a planar portion extending substantially across a width of the corresponding lateral groove.

4. The tire tread of claim 3, where for each of the plurality of lateral grooves, a tapering transition is arranged at a junction between the bottom and each of the leading and trailing sides.

5. The tire tread of claim 4, where the transition is a fillet or chamfer.

6. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 5, where the first inclined portion extends into the tread thickness by an average non-zero angle measured relative to the direction of the tread thickness.

7. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 5, where the first inclined portion includes a planar portion, the planar portion being inclined by a non-zero angle measured relative to the direction of the tread thickness.

8. The tire tread of any one of claims 6 to 7, where the non-zero angle is equal to 6 degrees to 60 degrees.

9. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 8, where a second portion extends from the peak, the second portion at least partially defining the recess, where the second portion of the trailing side extends further into the tread thickness both in the direction of the tread thickness and toward the leading side of the tread block.

10. The tire tread of claim 9, where the second portion extends into the tread thickness by an average non-zero angle measured relative to the direction of the tread thickness.

11. The tire tread of any one of claims 9, where the second portion includes a planar portion, the planar portion being inclined by a non-zero angle measured relative to the direction of the tread thickness.

12. The tire tread of any one of claims 10 to 11, where the non-zero angle is equal to 6 degrees to 60 degrees.

13. The tire tread of any one of claims 9 to 12, were the second portion is spaced apart from the bottom for each of the plurality of lateral grooves.

14. The tire tread of claim 13, where the trailing side includes a third portion arranged between the second portion and the bottom for each of the plurality of lateral grooves.

15. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 14, where the sipe is inclined by an average angle measured relative to the direction of the tread thickness.

16. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 14, where the sipe is inclined linearly by an angle measured relative to the direction of the tread thickness.

17. The tire tread of claim 16, where the angle is equal to 0 to 45 degrees.

18. The tire tread of claim 16, where the angle is a non-zero angle.

19. The tire tread of claim 18, where the angle is equal to one-half of an inclination angle of the first portion of the trailing side.

20. The tire tread of claim 1, where the groove is arranged at an inner terminal end of the sipe.

21. The tire tread of claim 20, where the groove extends from the sipe in a direction

towards the leading side.

22. The tire tread of any one of claims 1 to 22, where a tapering segment is arranged at a junction between the sipe and the outer, ground-engaging side.