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Old 11-18-2008, 01:29 PM   #1
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Wausau, Wis., company have come up with a 37-inch, bullet and bomb-proof Humvee tire based on a polymeric web so cool looking there's no need for hub caps.






Resilient Technologies and Wisconsin-Madison's Polymer Engineering Center are creating a "non-pneumatic tire" (no air required) that will support the weight of add-on armor, survive an IED attack, and still make a 50 mph getaway. It's basically a round honeycomb wrapped with a thick, black tread.



http://news.cnet.com/8301-13639_3-10...=2547-1_3-0-20

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Old 11-18-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
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+ some chrome paint = ballin'
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:31 PM   #3
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very cool, wierd looking, but cool.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:33 PM   #4
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doesn't sound much different than the T-Wheels that were announced years ago



Same problems I would imagine... crap getting stuck in the grooves, balance getting thrown off, etc., etc...
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:34 PM   #5
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Ah don't like that look, freaks me out...
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:35 PM   #6
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I'm pretty sure michelin intends to cover the edges with a faux-sidewall for production versions... I think I read that somewhere!
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:35 PM   #7
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Same problems I would imagine... crap getting stuck in the grooves, balance getting thrown off, etc., etc...
Not to mention you could stick a grenade or bomb in the hole, but they are suppose to be bomb proof right?

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Old 11-18-2008, 01:41 PM   #8
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Not to mention you could stick a grenade or bomb in the whole, but they are suppose to be bomb proof right?
They could probably easily put a cover over the honeycomb part.

Those things are sweet! I wonder if they weigh a ton.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:44 PM   #9
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super low profile...
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:30 PM   #10
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Same problems I would imagine... crap getting stuck in the grooves, balance getting thrown off, etc., etc...
Ya the the open sidewalls are just for show. They would be covered in a real tire.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:20 AM   #11
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all i can imagine is someone jamming a really big stick into it like on a bike and the whole humvee flying over itself
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Old 11-19-2008, 03:08 AM   #12
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the tweel can actually be re-treaded over and over. You could go from summer, to winter, to any tread really. And yes they can handle a direct hit from a grenade and land mine. If any of those "spokes" break the wheel is still good to go. Pretty awesome I say.
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Old 11-19-2008, 03:13 AM   #13
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omg no way.
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:43 AM   #14
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the tweel can actually be re-treaded over and over. You could go from summer, to winter, to any tread really. And yes they can handle a direct hit from a grenade and land mine. If any of those "spokes" break the wheel is still good to go. Pretty awesome I say.
I concur. This is the future, guys.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:50 AM   #15
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They fit it on the oem wheel. Pretty cool new design, wonder if the sidewalls would be able to help with traction in mud.

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Old 11-19-2008, 12:06 PM   #16
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I concur. This is the future, guys.
I for one welcome our honeycomb tire overlords.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:08 PM   #17
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now can they feasibly make a low profile design?
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:24 PM   #18
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I wonder what the long term wear is like on the honeycomb material. Does it get softer with age?
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:22 PM   #19
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I wonder how the ride quality will be like. That honeycomb design doesn't look like it has that much give.
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:23 PM   #20
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I wonder what the long term wear is like on the honeycomb material. Does it get softer with age?
Or does it get brittle with age?
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:25 PM   #21
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could be cool.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:14 PM   #22
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I remember reading about the Tweel years ago. I think it's a really cool idea, and would have welcomed those things back when I was in the military. Changing a shredded run-flat on hummer wheels is not a fun thing.

Tweel demo video
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:51 PM   #23
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I wonder how the ride quality will be like. That honeycomb design doesn't look like it has that much give.
The high speed damping/compression in the suspension would have to be softened up a bit to compensate. Not a huge deal.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:29 AM   #24
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Looks like a moon rover wheel.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:16 PM   #25
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All those bees chasing you for your honey would get annoying...
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