Lawrence Tech Launches 'Smart Tires' Course - Tire Review Magazine

Lawrence Tech Launches ‘Smart Tires’ Course

Lawrence Technological University is offering a graduate-level course that deals with the use of embedded sensors in tires to improve a vehicle’s overall performance.

“Intelligent Tire and Vehicle Structure Mechatronics” is an elective course in Lawrence Tech’s master’s degree program in mechatronics systems engineering.

Using VPG and LS-DYNA software, students will analyze responses of tires to various loading and road conditions. This approach is particularly useful in studying the suitability of tire-embedded sensors for possible physical measurement of the tire response.

In the future, data from electronic sensors embedded in tires may be used in a vehicle’s mechatronic systems to optimize performance.

This is an important part of the move to intelligent vehicles since practically all the forces that move a vehicle come from tire-ground interaction, according to Vladimir Vantsevich, director of the mechatronics systems engineering program.

“You can control the vehicle dynamics and performance if you control the tire rolling process,” Vantsevich said. “This is actually a mechatronic system with sensors and actuators for monitoring, measuring and controlling tire rolling process.”

No books have been written on intelligent tires, and no other American university has a course on this subject, according to Vantsevich.

Lawrence Tech’s campus is located in Southfield, Mich. The school, founded in 1932, also offers programs in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City, Mich. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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