On February 5, Bridgestone corporation member has met with Evgenia Mikhailova, NEFU rector. Chiaki Oyama, the head of Bridgestone winter tire testing department, thanked NEFU administration for support initiatives, hoping for futher cooperation.
As stated by Chiaki Oyama, it was the first time Bridgeston tested tires at the temperature -40C and below. "It was very interesting experience. Earlier we conducted these tests in spring and autumn with the temperature -35C. It should be notice that our tires didn't burst, but detached themselves from wheel disk during various experiments. I first noticed wheels can be 'square' and solid as plastic," - he said.
"The matter is that even minimal weather indicators are important - tiny changes in degrees affect on a rubber, -38C and -40C have a big difference. That's why I am very glad that tires do work well. These tests have detected a lot of problems, and we are going to work on them after we return at homeland," - he said. All results and tests data will be handed over to the company leadership.
Today Chiaki Oyama is to visit NEFU Arctic Innovation Center. There he will check out the work of research laboratory, that develops and researches cold-resistant PNCs.
The research was conducted at the test site of the Faculty of Road Construction, NEFU, 18 January - 3 February under the Cooperation Agreement.