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For many years, tire engineers relied on the monograph, 'Mechanics of Pneumatic Tires', for detailed information about the principles of tire design and use. Published originally by the National Bureau of Standards, U.S. Department of Commerce, in 1971, and a later (1981) edition by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation, it has long been out of print. No textbook or monograph of comparable range and depth has appeared since. While many chapters of the two editions contain authoritative reviews that are still relevant today, they were prepared in an era when bias ply and belted-bias tires were in widespread use in the United States and thus did not deal in a comprehensive way with more recent tire technology, notably the radial constructions now adopted nearly universally. In 2002, it was preposed that NHTSA should sponsor and publish electronically a new book on passenger tires, under editorship of the University of Akron, to meet the needs of a new generation of tire scientists, engineers, designers, and users. This text is the outcome. The chapter authors are recognized authorities in tire science and technology. They have prepared scholarly and up-to-date reviews of the various aspects of passenger car tire design, construction and use, and included test questions in many instances, so that the book can be used for self-study or as a teaching text by engineers and others entering the tire industry.



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