Reinvented Wheels Take the Air Out of Your Tires | Autopia | Wired.com

You hate flats, loathe checking tire pressure, and constantly run your rubber to its breaking point, but despite all those gripes, the lowly tire hasn’t evolved much over the last hundred years. Sure, there are new, exciting compounds that can make them stick harder, improve fuel economy, or make it to the next gas station after a puncture. But at their core, they’re still rubber donuts fitted to a metal hoop and filled with air. We can do better, so Hankook is out to reinvent the most important part of your car.The Korean tire manufacturer has taken concepts originally developed by Bridgestone and other companies to the next level, combining the wheel and the tire into one cohesive unit that absorbs bumps better than their predecessors while negating the chances of ever getting a flat. The i-Flex is completely air-free, and even better, it has the potential to be a greener solution than traditional tires by both boosting fuel economy and being 95 percent recyclable.The i-Flex uses an intricate array of geometric cells lining the inside of the “wheel,” allowing the whole unit to act as an integrated suspension component. The energy from bumps and ruts is distributed and dissipated equally across the structure, providing the kind of consistent rigidity that a traditional tire and wheel combination can’t achieve. Because overall weight is reduced, fuel consumption is lower and handling has the potential to be improved as unsprung weight is removed from each corner. Hankook claims that the i-Flex’s design also runs quieter than its pneumatic counterparts, something that’s key in electric vehicles where every sound is amplified because of a lack of engine noise. It’s a trick design that’s bound to make it to roads at some point, but Hankook isn’t saying when.

via Reinvented Wheels Take the Air Out of Your Tires | Autopia | Wired.com.

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I have over (24) years of Computer Aided Drafting & Design experience and over (16) years of IT experience. After graduating high school I attended a Technical College and earned an Associate Degree in Drafting & Design. I then enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where I earned an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technologies. While attending the Univ. of Puerto Rico I worked as a freelance Drafter for a variety of architects and engineers. During my senior year I began to work for the firm Planning Management & Development in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Two years later I was offered the position at Mario Corsino & Associates, which later became InterGroup a medium size Civil Engineering, Architectural and Planning firm in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. At InterGroup I became assistant chief drafter where I was responsible for 20+ drafters & civil techs, and this is also where I began my IT training. In 2000 I decided to move to St. Petersburg, FL where I was hired as CAD Manager at Advanced Engineering & Design a small Civil Engineering firm established in 1998. Currently still employed by Advanced Engineering & Design I’m now the CAD/IT Manager. I have also continued to expand my knowledge base in both the IT & CADD fields through continued training, certifications, and attending Autodesk University. I’m currently an Autodesk Certified Professional proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and various other Autodesk products. I have been the President of the Tampa Bay Autodesk Users Group (TBAUG) since late 2007 and a member of Autodesk Users Group International (AUGI) since 1996. I have an A.S. Degree in Computer Networking , a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology Management and currently finishing work on my Masters in Computer Information Systems. I’m a licensed drafter in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. I hold certificates as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator, Cisco Networking Associate Professional and Linux Administrator.
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