College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2024-06-04 07:23:36


Chemical Engineering

Honors Course

PLYS 497-803

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2024


The project focuses on developing an optimal mixing strategy for a polyisoprene (PI) compound at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The aim is to optimize performance objectives of the compound. The project involved research, design iterations, mixing analyses, and performance evaluations, while adhering to engineering codes and standards.

The design process includes analyzing differences between two mixing technologies, intermesh and tangential rotors; altering mixing conditions; and exploring additional polymer systems and coupling technology of the compound.

Validation data confirms that the mixing technology and compound recipe meets all success metrics, including stiffness, hysteresis, adhesion, cure rate, and tear performance objectives, and ensures repeatability.

This project exemplifies innovation and engineering efforts by addressing compounding challenges and improving mixing processes within the tire and rubber industry.

Research Sponsor

Kevin Cavicchi

First Reader

Jeremy Miracle

Second Reader

Dawn Johnson

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Bi-min Newby

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