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By TT News| Jan 05, 2022

Hankook Tire And Hyundai To Jointly Showcase NPT At CES 2022

Hankook Tire & Technology and Hyundai Motor Company will jointly showcase Hankook's non-pneumatic tyre (NPT) 'i-Flex' at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022. 

The NPT features a biomimetic design and will be used in Hyundai's Plug & Drive (PnD) module, which will also be showcased at the event. The tyre is 10 inches in size, with a diameter of 400 mm and a width of 105 mm. The company claims the 'i-Flex is safer in the event of a puncture due to its airless nature. 

The tyre has a C-shaped concave profile that maximises the contact patch. It is also optimised for multi-directional vehicular motion thanks to its cell structure shape in the tread design. The company developed the tyre through biomimetic studies and testing. It also features a multi-layer interlocking spoke design inspired by the cellular structure of living organisms that aids road shocks and load bearing. The design allows hexagonal and tetragonal cell structures of different rigidities to join together for stable load support. (TT)

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