Basic Tire Mechanics and Applications C1968

Topics: Chassis, Air Frame, Vehicle Dynamics

This course introduces basic tire mechanics, including tire construction components based on application type, required sidewall stamping in accordance with DoT/ECE regulations, tread patterns, regulatory and research testing on quality, tire inspections and basic tire failure identification. The course will provide you with information that you can use immediately on-the-job and apply to your own vehicle. This course is practical in nature and supplemented with samples and hands-on activities. It serves as a good primer for the in-depth SAE Tire Forensic Analysis course.

Learning Objectives

By completing this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Recognize all tire classifications and functionality
  • Identify differences between radial and bias tires
  • Differentiate tire type and application based on tread pattern
  • Distinguish sidewall stamping and tire grading requirements
  • Contrast tire cord path and tire shear stress
  • Indicate tire rolling resistance contributing factors
  • Recognize tire slip angle
  • Interpret tire testing methods and equipment
  • Differentiate common tire failure modes and root cause 

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. This course provides a basic understanding for tire sales representatives, tire technicians, tire customer claim service representatives, tire production manager and tire application technicians who should be able to choose the right tire construction and pattern for the right application and critical quality parameters.

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

Tire Size, Construction, Tread Pattern and Service Description, Classification, Tire Terminology
  • Bias (diagonal) & radial tires construction differences
  • Tire construction components and its functionality
  • Passenger and LT tires
  • Agricultural/lawn and garden/industrial tires
  • Power sport (ATV/UTV/Quad) tires
  • Rim classifications
  • Tire aspect ratio
  • ETRTO and TRA
Sidewall Stamping
  • DOT/ECE stamping requirements
  • UTQG
  • Inflation pressure
  • Ply rating/Load index
  • Tire speed/Speed index
Tire Testing
  • Endurance
  • Deflection/Footprint
  • Bead seat/Unseat
  • Tire ozone test
  • Plunger
  • J-turn
  • Uniformity
Basic Failure Mode Identifications
  • Static and dynamic stresses during tire service applications
  • Common failure modes on various tire applications
Zoran Markovic

Zoran MarkovicZoran Markovic specializes in tire design, processing, and forensic analysis. He has worked as a tire customer claim investigator analyst, reviewing failed tires in order to provide and identify the root cause of failure and able to describe the differences between process, application and design failure contributing factors. Zoran has conducted seminars to Marketing/Sales/Field Engineers on tire applications and construction criteria and common abnormalities. As Director of Testing, he developed indoor and outdoor purpose tire testing prior to production launches and troubleshooting of potential production failures. He has designed new products in compliance with DOT or ECE requirements.

Zoran is experienced in the tire production process, with the ability to trouble shoot, create or modify process specifications. He has educated tire design engineers on mathematical tire modeling approach and its tire performance benefits.

He has served as Chief Engineer Designing tires specifying appropriate components in order to satisfy tire main applications that are critical to quality parameters (CTQ) and in compliance with regulatory DOT/ECE requirements

Zoran has multiple advanced degrees:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering – University of Sarajevo
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering – University of Zenica
  • MS in Engineering Technology – University of Memphis
  • Applied Lean Leadership Graduate certificate – University of Memphis
He has gained practical hands-on knowledge from his work experience at premier tire companies:
  • Tire Process Engineer at Titan Tire International
  • Tire Design/Process Engineer at Carlisle Tire & Wheel
  • Director of Testing at Galaxy PrimeX (GPX)
  • Tire Development Engineer at Bridgestone Firestone
  • Principal Tire Design & Forensic Engineer at Carlstar Group


Duration: 1 Day
CEUs: .7

Fees: $599.00

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