Smithers specializes in analyzing tires and components for a variety of physical and chemical characteristics. Although failure analysis is typically considered at the end of serviceability of a tire, Smithers can also provide independent, third-party performance analyses throughout the product development cycle. We can analyze a wide variety of tire types including passenger, light truck, heavy truck, OTR, agricultural, and aircraft tires. Our experts can aid in evaluations focusing on:
  • On-vehicle tire behavior
  • Raw materials selection
  • Raw materials specifications and compliances
  • Reinforcements selection
  • Reinforcement specifications and compliances
  • Tire structural analyses
  • Process evaluations
  • Tire product compliances
  • End-of-life tire investigation 
  • Tire forensics
  • Expert Witness
  • Aircraft tire analysis
In addition to the various types of tires, we can also perform analysis on related tire components such as tire valves, flaps, and tubes. If the product analysis is required in support of litigation, Smithers offers many years of experience with forensic product analysis.