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Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc patents (2015 archive)


Recent patent applications related to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc is listed as an Agent/Assignee. Note: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc may have other listings under different names/spellings. We're not affiliated with Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc, we're just tracking patents.

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12/31/15 / #20150376348

Rubber compositions including cellulose esters and inorganic oxides

A process for preparing a vulcanizable composition, the process comprising mixing a vulcanizable rubber, a chemically-treated inorganic oxide, and a cellulose ester to prepare an initial masterbatch, introducing a rubber curative to the masterbatch, and mixing the masterbatch and curative to form the vulcanizable composition.. . ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

12/24/15 / #20150368419

Refresh agent

A coated rubber composition includes a rubber composition coated with a liquid refresh agent selected from the group consisting of one or more liquid terpenes, limonene, carvone, pinene, pine needle oil, citral, orange oil, c9-c15 aliphatics, c9-c15 cycloaliphatics, ethyl lactate, dipentene, 1,8-cineole, eucalyptol, citronellol, geraniol, citronellene, terpinen-4-ol, and combinations thereof. A method of application and a coated rubber composition are also disclosed.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

12/03/15 / #20150344679

Appearance enhancer for rubber compositions with antidegradants

The addition of a polyester resin comprising a copolymer of maleic anhydride or maleic acid and a linear or branched polyol, to a rubber composition provides a black, glossy appearance on the outer, exposed surface. The rubber composition may be formed into a tire sidewall component of a tire.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

12/03/15 / #20150343850

Tire with substantially helicoid-shaped sipe

A tire includes a circumferential tread having a tread element disposed thereon, wherein the tread element includes a top surface that defines a first plane. The tire further includes at least one substantially helicoid-shaped sipe disposed in the tread element. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336429

Tire with bi-directional performance

A tire includes first and second sides defining first and second rotation directions. The first rotation direction is in a counterclockwise direction when the tire is viewed from the first side, and the second rotation direction is in a clockwise direction when the tire is viewed from the first side. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

11/26/15 / #20150336342

Method for producing tire-curing bladder

A method for forming and curing an uncured tire-curing bladder with a bladder-curing bladder includes providing an uncured tire-curing bladder having an inner and outer surface on or in a recess of an outer-surface curing mold; inflating the bladder-curing bladder into the recess and exerting pressure on the inner surface of the uncured tire-curing bladder; and curing the uncured tire-curing bladder by providing heat, pressure, or both to the inner surface and the outer surface of the tire-curing bladder to form a cured tire-curing bladder. A thin tire-curing bladder and a curing apparatus are also provided.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

11/19/15 / #20150328935

Sipe reinforcement

Provided is a tire, having a circumferential direction, an axial direction, and a radial direction, the tire comprising, a tread surface comprising a groove which defines a block; a sipe formed in the block, the sipe being defined by a depth, a width and a length each of the depth, width, and length being defined by elongated surfaces comprising, a first elongated surface, and a second elongated surface facing the first elongated surface and offset therefrom by the sipe width. The tire may comprise projections or an array of projections having any of various properties.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

11/19/15 / #20150328932

Tire heat exchange features

Provided is a pneumatic tire comprising an axis of operational rotation; a tread defining a cylindrical exterior surface extending both along and around the axis; a first sidewall defining a first sidewall exterior surface; a first shoulder region defining a first shoulder exterior surface; a heat exchange feature on the first shoulder region adapted to modify air flow over an exterior surface; a second sidewall defining a second sidewall exterior surface; a second shoulder region defining a second shoulder exterior surface; and a heat exchange feature on the second shoulder region adapted to modify air flow over an exterior surface. The heat exchange features on the first and second shoulder regions may be adapted to move air during clockwise operational rotation; or the heat exchange features on the first and second shoulder regions may be adapted to move air during counter-clockwise operational rotation.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

10/29/15 / #20150306917

Tire with rounded tread elements

A tire having a circumferential tread includes a plurality of tread elements. At least one tread element has a sipe disposed therein. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

10/29/15 / #20150306833

Band drum pop-up hinge

A tire building apparatus includes a tire building drum having a radially expanded position for building a tire carcass, and having a radially contracted position for releasing the tire carcass. A carcass release member is mounted on the drum such that the carcass release member moves from a retracted position when the drum is in its expanded position, to an extended position when the drum is in its contracted position, so that the carcass release member aids in releasing the tire carcass from the drum when the drum moves from its expanded position to its contracted position.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

09/17/15 / #20150258861

Material inclusion tread

Provided is a tire comprising a radial direction, an axial direction, a circumferential direction, and a tire lug. The tire lug may be bounded by a plurality of surfaces. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

09/10/15 / #20150251499

Tire tread featuring a sipe

Various embodiments of a tire tread having at least one sipe comprising an s-shaped geometry are disclosed.. . ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

08/20/15 / #20150231933

Low compaction cantilever tire

A low compaction cantilevered tire construction is provided which is designed for use at relatively low inflation pressures and which has sidewalls with a relatively uniform bending resistance through the majority of the sidewall. When the tire is placed under high loads at low inflation pressures the sidewall deflects substantially radially and allows the tread portion of the tire to maintain its intended shape thus improving the contact area of the tire and providing a tire having a relatively high contact area and thus relatively low soil compaction for a given loading.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

06/25/15 / #20150174954

Airless tire construction having variable stiffness

An airless tire has a wheel portion and a webbing extending from the wheel portion towards an axis of rotation of the airless tire. The stiffness of the webbing varies along an axial direction of the airless tire. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

04/30/15 / #20150115562

Systems and methods for automated air suspension pressure drop

Various systems and methods for automated air suspension pressure drop are disclosed.. . ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

04/23/15 / #20150107737

Tire having grooves comprising sipes and/or other cross-groove negative geometry

Various embodiments of a tire having grooves comprising sipes or other cross-groove negative geometry are disclosed.. . ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

04/16/15 / #20150101726

Tire innerliner

A method of preparing a green tire innerliner, the method comprising mixing one or more vulcanizable rubbery polymers, less than 0.75 parts by weight zinc oxide, less than 0.75 parts by weight magnesium oxide, and less than 0.75 parts by weight sulfur, per 100 parts by weight rubber, to form a vulcanizable mixture and extruding the mixture to form a green tire innerliner.. . ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

04/02/15 / #20150090380

Air power feature for a tire or wheel

Provided is an apparatus comprising an air power feature engaged with a tire or an air power feature engaged with a wheel.. . ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

03/26/15 / #20150083296

Tire with toroidal element

A tire includes a tread formed in a crown region of the tire and sidewall regions extending from the crown region to bead areas. The tire further includes a toroidal element extending across a crown region of the tire, and further extending along at least a portion of each sidewall region of the tire. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

03/19/15 / #20150075693

Tire structure for externally mounted device

A method of mounting an object on a tire includes providing a tire having a sidewall, wherein the sidewall includes a mounting portion configured to receive an object. The method further includes mounting the object on the mounting portion of the sidewall, such that the object is visible without extending outwardly beyond the mounting portion.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

03/12/15 / #20150073757

System and method for determining statistical distribution of a rolling tire boundary

A system and method for modeling a distribution of a tire footprint boundary (202) include inputting a finite element model of a tire rolling against a road surface described by discrete road surface coordinates into a finite element analysis system (100). A finite element analysis simulation of tire model rolling against the road surface for a plurality of time increments is performed. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

03/12/15 / #20150073756

System and method for steady state simulation of rolling tire

An apparatus and method are disclosed for modeling at least a portion of a rolling tire (200). A finite element model of at least a portion of a tire (200) rolling against a tire contacting surface (202, 506, 602) is input into a finite element analysis system (100). ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

02/26/15 / #20150057951

Scalable vehicle models for indoor tire testing

A method for reducing vehicle bias when testing a tire for use with a market segment of vehicles by creating a vehicle model that is scalable by vehicle weight. A market segment of vehicles is defined, at least one of a vehicle model parameter is defined, data is collected for the at least one vehicle model parameter from at least one vehicle in the market segment, the at least one vehicle model parameter is characterized through regression analysis as a function of total weight of a scalable vehicle model, the scalable vehicle model parameter is applied to a multibody vehicle dynamics simulation, at least one maneuver is applied to the scalable vehicle model, and the tire load histories generated by the multibody vehicle dynamics simulation are provided to a tire test machine to obtain tire wear data representative of the vehicles in the market segment.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

02/26/15 / #20150053318

Agricultural tire tread

An agricultural tire has an equatorial plane separating first and second sides. First and second inner sixths of the treads extend between the equatorial plane and circumferential reference planes disposed axially one-sixth of a tread width on either side of the equatorial plane. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

02/19/15 / #20150049088

Ground compaction images

A method is provided for generating a ground compaction image. A pressure sensing panel is placed on a relatively rigid planar supporting surface. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

02/05/15 / #20150037582

Continuous process for coating steel wire cord

Continuous processes for producing a coated steel wire are provided. The processes entail wetting steel wire in an aqueous solution comprising at least 95% water and 0.01 to 5% weight/weight of the carboxylic acid salt of an alkoxy modified silsesquioxane of formula (i), evaporating water from the wet coated steel wire to form a mostly-dry coated steel wire and then heating (one or more steps) the mostly-dry coated steel wire at a temperature of 50-240° c. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

01/29/15 / #20150031792

Silica-filled rubber composition and method for making the same

Disclosed is a method of preparing a rubber composition comprising the steps of (a) blending in at least one preparatory mixing step at least one natural or synthetic rubbery polymer, a silica filler, a silica coupling agent, and at least one vulcanization accelerator; and (b) subsequently blending therewith in a final mixing step a sulfur curative, wherein the average glass transition temperature of the polymer(s) is −55° c. Or less.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

01/22/15 / #20150020943

Low-metal tire

A tire includes a carcass ply and at least one annular structure associated with the carcass ply. The tire further includes a metal-free circumferential belt region comprising a first metal-free belt ply and a second metal-free belt ply. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

01/15/15 / #20150013871

Compression molded green rubber component and method for manufacturing the same

Various embodiments of a compression molded green rubber component, and methods for manufacturing the same, are disclosed.. . ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

01/15/15 / #20150013864

Tire with pre-formed tread and method of making same

A green tire includes a carcass and a pre-shaped tread. The carcass includes a pair of annular beads and at least one body ply extending between the pair of annular beads. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

01/15/15 / #20150013863

Tire with pre-formed tread and method of making same

Methods of making tires with features such as ribs, lugs, or tread blocks include shaping at least one feature onto an uncured tire tread prior to vulcanization. One aspect of these methods may include shaping a feature onto the tread while the tread is associated with the tire. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

01/08/15 / #20150007915

Tire cavity air flow features

Provided is a pneumatic tire comprising an annular interior surface having a circumference, and an air flow feature. The annular interior surface is adapted for engagement with a wheel, defines an interior surface circumferential direction along the annular interior surface in the direction of the circumference, defines an interior surface meridinal direction tangent to the annular interior surface and perpendicular to the direction of the circumference, and defines an interior surface normal direction mutually perpendicular to both other directions. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc

01/01/15 / #20150004335

Methods and apparatuses for creating a visual effect on a rubber article

Various methods and apparatuses for creating a visual effect on a rubber article are disclosed. In one embodiment, a rubber article having a visual effect is provided, the rubber article comprising: a surface having at least one surface feature; and wherein the at least one surface feature comprises a plurality of linear elements creating a camouflage-shaped appearance.. ... Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Llc








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