14 Apr '18, 11pm
Check Out this Cool Tire NASA Invented
NASA’s Glenn Research center has created a non-pneumatic, compliant tire. It’s called the “Superelastic Tire” and was developed for future Mars missions, but it’s possible it could be used as a viable alternative to pneumatic tires here on Earth. By using shape memory alloys that are capable of undergoing high strain as load bearing components, the Superelastic Tire is able to withstand excessive deformation without permanent damage. In addition, the shape memory alloy can also increase the load carrying capacity of the tire. SEE ALSO: Goodyear Showcases New Torque-Resistant Tire for Electric Vehicles NASA says the Superelastic Tire offers traction equal or superior to conventional pneumatic tires while eliminating the possibility of puncture failures — because a flat tire on Mars would be a nightmare. The technology also eliminates the need for an inner frame, which simpl...