B arry's T ire T ech

This is a series of articles on the technical aspects of tires, their care and usage.

My primary purpose in these articles is to help people understand tires and thereby reduce the risks we all face every day.

..........and since tires is just about the only thing I know about..........

Please drop me a note if you have a topic you want to see:



I am currently employed as an engineer by a major manufacturer of tires. Some powers that be within the company don't think it is a good idea for people to be posting on the internet. This creates an odd situation for me. On the one side, I have access to a lot of interesting information. On the other side, there is some information that is considered quite proprietary. So I will not identify the company and disguise anything that might help you figure it out. I hope you will understand.

Besides, the information posted here will be generic in nature - It will apply to any tire, regardless of who manufactures it.

I have been in the tire industry - well...... - let's just say it is over 30 years. I've worked in manufacturing, design, testing, and my current assignment is quite diverse.

I serve as the technical consultant to the 800 number. I have served on committees for various tire related organizations: Society of Automtove Engineers (SAE), The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), The Tire Industry Association (TIA), the Tire and Rim Association (TRA), etc.

I am a member of SAE, Tire Society, and the Sports Car Club of America (I used to hold a competition license, but it has expired).

I have a BME from the University of Dayton and have attended graduate school, but did not complete it - something I regret.

It will not be too long before I retire. If you feel you need my services, please contact me.


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