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By Sharad Matade| Feb 16, 2021

Yokohama Develops System to Predict Physical Properties Of Rubber Compounds

Yokohama Rubber developed a proprietary system that utilises AI to predict the physical properties of rubber compounds.

The company is using the new system to design rubber compound for its tyres.

Developed under the company ‘s new AI utilization concept, HAICoLab, the system uses AL to predict a rubber compound’s physical properties based on the rubber compound design parameters input by an engineer. In addition, to facilitate engineers' ability to confirm predicted results, the system includes a function that displays the certainty of predicted physical properties and one that searches for a compound composition that will achieve physical properties closest to the targeted ones.

HAICoLab is a new concept aimed at fostering digital innovations by facilitating collaborative efforts that merge human inspiration and creativity with the enormous data processing capability of AI.

Yokohama also intends to use the system for developing rubber compounds for the company’s other products, including hoses and conveyor belts.

The company expects the system’s ability to conduct a large number of virtual experiments will enable it to accelerate compound development, reduce development costs, and develop better performing products. The system also will make it easier for less-experienced engineers to create new compounds.

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