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Dear Kevin

Can we either use Carbon, Phosphorus, lead,Sulphur,Iron or Steel as automobile tire material for manufacturing similar to traditional rubber?.

Thanks
Prashant

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Hi Prashant,

Modern tyres are made with a steel braid base and a rubber/polymer outer layer. The rubber/polymer is varied according to need (grip, wear, toughness etc.) Carbon is used as a filler to colour them black and improve conductivity. Sulphur is used to harden (vulcanise) rubber which is naturally soft. Racing tyres use carbon fibre for extra strength and lightness.
Tyre manufacture is a model for up to date composite technology.

I hope this helps.
Best wishes
Kevin

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Thermodynamics, chemistry, chemical reactions, kinetics, chemical reaction safety, dust explosion technology, static electricity. General science.

Experience

Over 40 years experience as a practicing thermochemist in industry. Head of the fire and explosion laboratory of a major European chemical company (Ciba-Geigy). Now retired.

Organizations
Institute of Chemical Engineers. Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (C.Chem MRSC). Msc Sheffield.

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