Erste Tests von Reifen mit dem naturidentischen, biomimetischen Synthesekautschuk Bisyka zeigen, dass diese etwa 30 bis 50 Prozent weniger Abrieb im Vergleich zu Naturkautschukreifen erzeugen.
Bildquelle: Fraunhofer IAP, Till Budde

Erste Tests von Reifen mit dem naturidentischen, biomimetischen Synthesekautschuk Bisyka zeigen, dass diese etwa 30 bis 50 Prozent weniger Abrieb im Vergleich zu Naturkautschukreifen erzeugen.
Bildquelle: Fraunhofer IAP, Till Budde

Natural rubber from rubber trees is a raw material with a limited supply. Synthetically produced rubber, on the other hand, has not yet been able to match the abrasion behavior of the natural product, rendering it unsuitable for truck tires. But now, for the first time, a new type of synthetic rubber has been developed that achieves 30 to 50 percent less abrasion than natural rubber. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, for Mechanics of Materials IWM and for Silicate Research ISC have optimized the characteristics of synthetic rubber. “Our synthetic rubber Bisyka – that’s a German abbreviation for “biomimetic synthetic rubber” – actually has superior characteristics to natural rubber,” says Dr. Ulrich Wendler, who heads up the project at the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ in the German municipality of Schkopau.

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Dr. Sandra Mehlhase

Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Polymerforschung IAP, Potsdam-Golm