Practical Failure Analysis

, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp 73–80 | Cite as

Failure analysis of tire tread separations

  • J. W. Daws
Peer Reviewed Articles


In-service catastrophic radial tire failure is often a separation of the tread and outer steel belt from the tire casing and inner steel belt. These separations generally occur in the field at high temperature and high speed. This paper presents a catalog of surface characteristics that define the various types of rubber cracking that take place during a tire belt-leaving-belt separation. A mechanism that explains the generation of the rapid tearing surface is used to detail the variation found in forensic examinations.


delamination rubber tearing separation tire tread 


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    R.W. Smith: “The Microscopy of Catastrophic Tire Failures,”Rubber Chem. Technol., 1997,70, pp. 283–93.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    J.W. Daws: “Fractography of Tire Tread Separations,” presented at the 163rd Technical Conference, American Chemical Society, Rubber Division, San Francisco, CA, April 28–30, 2003.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Daws
    • 1
  1. 1.Exponent Failure Analysis AssociatesPhoenix

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