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Simulation-Driven Design Helps Yokohama Rubber Approach Aerodynamically Efficient Tires

BURLINGTON, Mass., May 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Exa Corporation, a global innovator in simulation software for product engineering, has helped Yokohama Rubber, one of the leading global tire manufacturers, to develop advanced new aerodynamic tires through simulation-driven design with Exa PowerFLOW software. New, pronounced fins on the tire sidewall assist to streamline airflow around the tires when in motion and contribute to the overall efficiency and safety of the vehicle.

The ever-growing need to improve efficiency – to cater for the demanding needs of modern customers, as well as to achieve challenging global emissions targets – has long posed a challenge within the automotive supplier sector. However, as tires are in constant motion and are fitted to the outside of the chassis, they also have a direct impact upon the overall aerodynamic performance of the vehicle, and require separate efficiency solutions.