Optimal rock is the only thing that can keep you alive after you have a bad day, according to a new study.
The researchers at the University of Bristol, in the UK, have shown that the rock can slow down the speed of your tyres, which are more likely to catch on fire when they are punctured.
It’s not a new idea that tyres can be affected by punctures, but this is the first time that it has been shown to be effective for tyre burning.
The team tested tyres in an open car park, which was set up to prevent tyre fires from happening.
The tyres were fitted with the tyre pressure regulator and tyres were then burnt on a heated metal surface to simulate a tyre fire.
The tyre pressure was reduced, so that the tyre’s pressure was just below the normal operating pressure.
When the tyre was punctured, the tyres burnt with just 1.2mm of tyre pressure.
The pressure reduction was about 10 times as effective as if the tyre had not been punctured at all.
“Our results show that tyre burning is actually the fastest way to slow down tyre wear and tear,” said lead author, Dr James F. MacLellan, from the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.
“The effect is very small and the effect is likely to be even smaller in the case of a tyre puncture, so we think it is important to be aware of the effect of tyre burning in the context of a road.”
Dr MacLachan and his colleagues say that the findings could be applied to other aspects of driving, such as tyre life and puncture prevention.
They say that they will also work on ways to improve tyre life.
“We are exploring different ways to prevent punctures in other scenarios, such at intersections, for example, or when the tyre is on the floor,” said Dr MacSorley.
“It could also be used in the prevention of punctures at the road surface, such a in a car park.”
Dr F. W. Osterberg from the Department of Physical Therapy at the UB School of Medicine in the US, who was not involved in the research, says that the study was interesting because it looked at tyres in a real world situation.
“I am impressed by how much the authors were able to do this.
We think this could be useful to our own research on tyre burning, where we might want to find out how to slow tyres down,” he said.
The paper, “Effect of tyre burn on tyre life”, was published in the journal Nature Communications.