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What is Tire Testing?

Tire testing is a key part of the automotive testing process. After all, without them, a car isn’t going anywhere! 

Thorough testing can tell you just how rubber and polymer composites will behave when they are exposed to different surfaces – key knowledge when assessing safety, durability and cost concerns.  

What are tires tested for? 

There are a wide range of things tires are tested for, including grip, wear, rolling resistance and behavior. This helps to determine how they will perform when they are on the road. Tires are also tested for things like noise, which is ideally kept low for the comfort of the driver and everyone else.  

How are tires tested?

There are several different stages of testing for each tire. First, the raw materials will be tested to ensure that they are suitable. This includes things like including tensile and tear tests. This is where rubber testing solutions are particularly valuable.  

Next come adhesion tests. Tires are made up from many layers and it is important that those layers are properly bonded and able to withstand the kind of tension they will be subjected to.  

There will also be a series of impact tests. These are designed to ensure that when wheels hit against everything from curbs to stones, they can withstand the impact without bursting.  

Finally, there is a round of wear and fatigue tests that are used to estimate how long a tire will remain intact and useable, to see if they will meet consumer demand.  

Find out more about the manufacturing process and where tire or tire material testing comes into play in our guide to how tires are made.  

Showcasing some tire testing solutions

There are many different testing solutions to help determine the suitability of materials and tire design, a few highlights include: 


Universal Testing Machines can be very useful for both tier 1 and 2 suppliers as well as car manufacturers. They are designed to offer a multitude of tests within one frame, which can very useful when you have a lot of different types of tests and safety standards to adhere to.   

3-Point Bend Fixture machine 

Great for calculating the bend and flex offered by rubbers, polymers and composites, this is a handy option for determining whether raw materials are adequate for tires.  

LCH Speedy Tester 

Suitable for carrying out adhesion, tensile and flexibility testing, this portable, hydraulic testing machine incorporates a highly accurate, built-in digital display system that makes it easy to test several elements of tires, including the raw materials and the ways they adhere when bonded.  

Tire testing with Industrial Physics

Know that tires will stand the test of time, with a little bit of help from test and inspect experts Industrial Physics. We’ve been in the driver’s seat when it comes to testing in the automotive market for more than 50 years and our engineers have a wealth of knowledge.  

Get an idea of the kind of products and solutions that will make your testing process easier by checking out our automotive testing range