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Basic Tire Mechanics and Inspection C1423

This course provides an introduction to basic tire mechanics, including materials, sidewall stampings, pressure, tread patterns, tire inspection and basic tire failure identification of passenger and light truck tires. Practical in nature and supplemented with samples and hands-on activities, the course will provide you with information that you can use immediately on-the-job and apply to your own vehicle. It serves as a good primer for the in-depth SAE Tire Forensic Analysis course.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Read the sidewall of a tire and explain all of the nomenclature
  • Describe the various types of tread patterns and what they mean on a tire
  • Describe what is inside the tire and how that relates to some of the sidewall stampings
  • Photograph black objects and quickly inspect tires in the field
  • Visualize and explain basic tire failures

Who Should Attend
This course is extremely helpful for Accident Reconstructionists, Law Enforcement and those with a thirst for knowledge on tires. The materials are basic in nature and not intended for individuals with substantial tire knowledge and is not intended to teach tire design.

  • Tire Size
    • Service Description & tire size suffixes
    • Differences between LT and P type tires in load / pressure
    • Aspect ratio
    • Rim diameter and rim types
  • Sidewall Stamping
    • UTQG
    • DOT code
    • DOT required stamping
  • Inflation Pressure
  • Load and Reserve Load
  • Tire Terminology
  • Tire Construction
    • Ply and plies
    • Belts
    • Tread
    • Overlay - the standing wave
    • Inner-liner
    • Bead and bead filler
    • Belt package types and casing construction layup
  • Tire Types and Tread Patterns
    • All season, mud, all terrain, snow, summer
    • +1 concepts
    • Irregular wear
    • Wear bars
  • Inspection and Photography in the Field
  • Basic Failure Mode Identification

Thomas Giapponi

Mr. Giapponi's professional career spans the Armstrong Rubber Company and Pirelli Tire North America in the capacities of Tire Design Engineer, Manager Medium/Heavy Truck Tires, Manager Light Truck and Passenger Car Tire Engineering, Director of Tire Engineering and Director of Tire Testing. He directed Pirelli's North American R&D and Quality as the Director of R&D, Technical Director and Director of Quality in the market. In 2001 Mr. Giapponi started TRGtech Tire Consulting LLC which performs tire forensic investigations, tire patent defense, and tire forensic training. Mr. Giapponi received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University and is a registered P.E in Connecticut.

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Fees: $835.00
SAE Members: $668.00 - $752.00

.7 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 1 Day
April 15, 2019 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan